How Can You Prepare for LASIK Eye Surgery? By William Goldstein on December 02, 2013

LASIK, the acronym for LASer In-situ Keratomileusis is an extremely popular surgery done to correct the vision of people who suffer from nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. With LASIK eye surgery, the cornea-the clear front portion of eye-is reshaped as the light transmitted through it is correctly focused on to the retina positioned in the rear of the eye.


Preparation for the LASIK Surgery

Complete examination and consultation

Before you undergo LASIK Michigan an eye surgeon or coordinator will meet you to discuss what you can expect both during and after the operation. Your medical history will be examined and your eyes will be subjected to a thorough evaluation during the discussion. A few tests may be conducted. The doctor would most likely measure your corneal thickness, corneal mapping, refraction, pupil dilation and air pressure. Once the tests are completed, and you have passed the evaluation, you can meet the surgeon who will do the LASIK Michigan surgery. The surgeon will answer any questions you may have. You will probably schedule the appointment for the procedure after the consultation, which is usually performed within a few days to a couple of weeks after that office visit.


Discontinue Contact Lenses


If you are presently wearing permeable contact lenses of the rigid gas type, it is recommended not to wear them for a minimum of three weeks prior to your evaluation. Contact lenses have the tendency to distort the shape of the cornea, which will lead to inaccurate measurements and consequently, a poor outcome post surgery.


If you wear other types of contact lenses, do not wear them at least one week prior to the eye examination. Do not forget to bring your spectacles for evaluation by the LASIK Michigan surgeon so that the prescription can be modified to suit the current power of your eye.


Hygiene during the preop period


It is recommended not to wear any kind of eye make up or any large accessories in your hair. Do not use eye cream the day before the surgery. The doctor may also recommend you to clean your eyelashes daily, or frequently during the days up to the surgery. This will wash away debris and minimize the chance of infection.


If any foreign substance is present, it will interfere with the positioning of your head underneath the laser. In case, you are feeling unwell, do call the doctor to inquire whether the procedure can be postponed. Eat a light snack before you go in for the surgery and ensure that you take all prescribed medications. 

Unscented soap should be used the day of surgery, and all cologne and perfume must be avoided to ensure the most accurate laser procedure. 

Following all of the directions for your preoperative evaluation will help to increase your chances of a great outcome and 20/20 vision with your LASIK eye surgery.

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Dr. William S. Goldstein

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William S. Goldstein, MD, has been practicing laser eye surgery since 1991. He was one of the first doctors to offer advanced eye care in all of Michigan and is a member of several prestigious organizations: 

  • American Board of Ophthalmology
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons

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