Knowing how to prepare in the days leading up to your operation can make the entire experience go smoothly. Once you have decided to move forward with LASIK, I will give you all the information you need to prepare. You will also have personal access to me by phone or email if a question or concern arises.
In the Days Leading Up to Surgery
You will meet with me approximately three to 14 days prior to your scheduled LASIK surgery. During this appointment, I will perform a complete dilated eye exam and carefully check your prescription and other parameters. This information will help me prepare for your surgery.
During this visit, you will also complete paperwork and discuss payment and financing options with my team. I offer fair prices as well as zero percent financing and extended payment plans. I want you to receive the care you need at a price you can afford.
Along with my associates, I will perform your treatment calculations in advance, and input the data into the lasers to calibrate them for your precise prescription (as well as other factors).
In the days prior to your LASIK surgery, you will need to stop wearing contact lenses and switch to glasses full-time, as the contacts can distort the shape of your cornea and interfere with your LASIK results. How long you need to stop wearing the contacts depends on the type of lens. I will give you an exact timeframe during your pre-op consultation.
Here are additional things you can do ahead of time to make sure the day of surgery is smooth and stress-free:
- Arrange for a loved one to give you a ride home from the surgery center and to my office the next day for your follow-up visit.
- Clear your calendar for the day of surgery so that afterward, you can go home and sleep or rest.
- Possibly arrange for a friend, companion or family member to stay overnight with you to assist with cooking, chores or errands.
- Fill any prescriptions.
- The night before surgery, get a good night’s rest so you are ready for surgery the next day.
The Day of Surgery
On the day of your LASIK in La Jolla, give yourself plenty of time to get ready, and arrive at the surgery center early. You do not want to feel rushed on such a big day! As you are getting ready, dress in warm, comfortable clothing that does not have any loose fibers that could detach and irritate your eyes. Avoid wearing any creams, lotions, perfumes or cosmetics.
You can eat a light meal before your surgery, but refrain from drinking caffeine or alcohol. Drink plenty of water instead.
When you arrive at the surgery center, I will recheck your prescription and review your post-operative instructions with you to make sure you understand what is expected. You might be given a Valium to help you relax before your procedure.
Right before the procedure, you will put on a surgical hat and booties, and then be escorted from the pre-testing room into the LASIK surgery room, where you will lie down on the procedure bed. You should be feeling relaxed and comfortable about the surgery that is about to take place.
I Am Here to Help
If you have any questions about prepping for LASIK, do not hesitate to reach out to me or my team. We are happy to help you feel as prepared as possible going into surgery. You can contact us at (888) 549-3949 or send us an email today.