You’ve found your surgeon, been approved for LASIK, and scheduled an appointment. There’s only one thing left to do — prepare for the big day! LASIK surgery is an incredibly common, outpatient procedure, with most people returning to their daily routine in just a day or two. But surgery is surgery nonetheless, so it’s important that you prep for it the right way.
Come with a makeup-free face.
The day before and day of your procedure, skip your makeup routine. Flecks of mascara, eyeliner, and even face powder can fall into your eye during the procedure and increase your chances of infection. You should also keep your face free of lotions, perfumes, and scrubs.
Double check that you can cover the cost of LASIK.
LASIK surgery is usually considered cosmetic or elective surgery, so it might not be covered by insurance. And though LASIK typically ends up being less expensive in the long run when compared to glasses or contacts, it’s important that you’re well aware of your financial situation. At Barry Wasserman’s, we encourage people to set up a Flexible Spending Account!
Arrange for someone to pick you up.
Immediately after surgery, you may still feel the effects of the medication you were given or have blurry vision. To ensure your safety and the safety of others, we require that patients get driven to and from their appointment.
Take your contacts out in advance.
If you wear contacts, your doctor may advise that you stop wearing them as early as two weeks before your surgery. Because contacts slightly change the shape of your eye, it’s important that you tell your surgeon if you wore them within a week of surgery.
Don’t drink alcohol the day of.
Unlike other surgeries, you can eat and drink normally. The only thing you shouldn’t have before surgery is alcohol.
Now that you’ve taken all the steps to ensure a safe procedure, it’s time to learn what you can do to ensure a fast recovery.
If you’re still in the beginning stages of getting LASIK, give Barry Wasserman’s office a call! We’d be more than happy to set up an initial consultation, where we will run a few tests to determine your candidacy for the procedure, as well as answer any other general questions you may have.
We look forward to meeting you, and bringing you one step closer to clear, un-obstructed sight!