Preparing for LASIK: Ensuring Your Refractive Surgery Goes Smoothly

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Posted on Tuesday, March 28th, 2023 by Dr. Robert Mack
LASIK Hoffman Estates

LASIK can be a life-changing procedure. After the procedure, patients have clearer vision and a reduced dependence on eyeglasses and contact lenses. LASIK is also the most commonly performed refractive surgery at Mack Eye Center. Here, our experienced ophthalmologists discuss what you can do to ensure your refractive surgery goes smoothly.

Follow Your Ophthalmologist’s Instructions

Your ophthalmologist will provide you with instructions prior to your refractive surgery. Read the instructions carefully and make sure to follow them prior to and after surgery.

Ask Questions

It is normal to have questions. If you have questions, be sure to consult with your doctor. If you have questions before your LASIK procedure is scheduled, get your questions answered ahead of time. If you have questions after your LASIK procedure, contact your doctor.

Stop Wearing Contact Lenses

If you wear contact lenses, you will most likely be instructed to stop wearing them several weeks prior to surgery. Follow the instructions from your doctor.

Use Eye Drops as Directed

You will most likely be directed to take eye drops prior to surgery. Take the eye drops as directed by your doctor.

Schedule Time for Rest and Recovery

The recovery period for LASIK is fairly short when compared with other surgeries. However, you will still need to schedule time for rest and recovery. Plan to get plenty of rest when you get home from surgery. You will most likely need to make arrangements with your employer for time off. You may also need to make arrangements for childcare and/or pet care.

Ask for Help

Ask a close friend or family member for help following surgery. You will need someone who is available to drive you home from surgery. You may also want to ask them for help around the house during your first day at home following surgery.

Plan Ahead for Recovery

When you get home from surgery you are going to need to rest. Plan ahead to rest by making a comfortable spot at home and preparing food ahead of time. Download audio books or podcasts to keep your mind entertained while resting your eyes.

Stay Hydrated

Make sure to drink plenty of water before and after surgery. The best way to stay hydrated is to avoid caffeine and alcohol.

Dress Comfortably

Wearing comfortable clothes can make it easier for you during and after surgery. If you have comfortable clothes on, it will be easier for you to rest once you get home from surgery.

Schedule Your Consultation Today

You deserve to have clear vision. If you are ready to learn about your vision correction options and if LASIK is right for you, then contact our team at Mack Eye Center to schedule your consultation today.

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