You are required to stop wearing Contact Lenses prior to surgery approximately 7 days for soft lenses, 2 weeks for toric lenses and 2-3 weeks for RGP lenses.
You can take your regular medicine.
Eat light breakfast or Lunch.
Wear comfortable clothing.
Do not use creams, lotions, eye makeup (stop from today), perfume, hair spray or wear earrings on the day of surgery.
Use antibiotic drops and lubricants prior to surgery as advised.
You must be accompanied by a responsible adult on the day of surgery.
What to expect after LASIK:
LASIK Recovery: The First 24 Hours
After the topical anaesthesia wears off, you may have some discomfort after surgery. An itching or burning sensation is normal and Dr Nita Shah will give you instructions about what and how much pain reliever to take.
When you get home, rest your eyes for 2-4 hours and avoid any strenuous activity. You can return to your normal routine the next day. Protect your eyes by wearing sunglasses if you’re outside during the day and eye shields in bed at night.
Right after the procedure your vision will be foggy as if you opened your eyes under water. You should be able to see much better within hours of the procedure but you may have some temporary side effects as you go through the healing process. The most common is dryness, and we will prescribe lubricating eye drops. Please use them as instructed to keep your eyes moist.
Other potential symptoms you may experience after surgery include halos around your eyes at night, tearing eyes, puffy eyelids and sensitivity to light. These should all diminish within a week.
If you experience severe pain at any time, contact the doctor immediately.
You will be asked to visit for a check-up a day after your surgery to test your vision and examine your eyes to make sure your LASIK recovery is going well.
It’s very important that you do not rub or touch your eyes for a week. Your eyes will be sensitive and you don’t want to disturb the healing corneal flap.
You should be able to shower the day after your surgery, just be sure to keep soap and any chemicals out of your eyes.
Avoid any water that could be contaminated. This includes hot tubs, swimming pools lakes, rivers and the ocean, for at least a week. Don’t wear eye makeup such as liner or mascara, use application brushes, or apply eye creams for at least a week. This is to help prevent infections.
You can start exercising after the first week. If you lift weights, use machines for the first week before returning to free weights. Wear goggles for swimming laps in the pool.
Stay away from contact sports, such as football for a week and wear sports goggles after that for a month – you don’t want to risk getting poked in the eye.
If you have severe myopia (nearsightedness), your eyes may take longer to heal. Your doctor should have provided you with your recovery plan, which may include wearing glasses for a short period of time as your eyes heal.
Your eyes will still be healing during this time. Attend all your follow-up visits with your eye doctor so she can continue to monitor your vision and eye health.