Pre-operative LASIK Instructions to Prepare Patients for Surgery
By William Holcomb on October 14, 2014
When it comes to vision impairment, LASIK surgery has become the new standard of treatment. LASIK surgery actually corrects vision impairment such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism, rather than just masking the problem as corrective lenses do. By changing the shape of the cornea, Dr. Holcomb can correct vision impairment at its source, giving patients increased freedom, or complete independence, from glasses or contact lenses. With advanced technology, precise surgical tools, and the experience and expertise of Dr. Holcomb, the chances of LASIK success are extremely high. In order to ensure that those chances remain high, patients should be sure to properly prepare themselves for surgery. We provide our Cullman patients with pre-operative LASIK instructions that will ensure patients are well-prepared for surgery, thus helping to ensure the ultimate success of treatment.
Preparing for LASIK Surgery
LASIK is considered a highly successful procedure that results in 20/20 vison or better for roughly 90 percent of patients. While Dr. Holcomb and his team will do everything in their power to ensure the success of surgery, it is important for patients to do their part by carefully following the provided pre-operative LASIK instructions. Below, patients can find some important information that will be provided in those instructions. By adhering to these guidelines, patients can be confident that they are well-prepared for their LASIK procedure.
- Patients who wear contact lenses will need to cease the use of these lenses for at least a week prior to LASIK surgery. If toric or rigid lenses are used, these should be removed for two to three weeks leading up to surgery.
- Prior to the day of surgery, arrange for a friend or family member to accompany you to surgery and drive you home once the procedure is complete.
- We often ask that patients begin using prescribed eye drops three days prior to surgery. This combats dry eyes and helps to protect the eyes from infection.
- On the day of surgery, there are no food, drink, or medication restrictions for patients. In fact, we encourage patients to eat a light breakfast or lunch (depending on the time of surgery) so that they remain comfortable throughout the procedure.
- Dress in loose, comfortable clothing on the day of surgery. Clothing should be able to be easily removed after surgery without rubbing or scratching against the eyes.
- On the day of surgery, make sure that the body and face are free of lotions, perfume, cologne, and make-up. If make-up is worn regularly, the eyes should be soaked and cleaned with a warm, wet wash cloth to ensure there is no make-up residue around the eyes/eyelashes.
- Arrive at our office prior to your scheduled surgery with plenty of time to check-in and fill out any needed consent forms or other documentation.
Schedule an Appointment
While glasses and contact lenses can temporarily improve vision for patients, LASIK can provide the freedom and long-term results that most patients desire. If you suffer from myopia, hyperopia, or astigmatism and are interested in learning if you are an ideal candidate for LASIK surgery, schedule an appointment with Dr. William Holcomb at your earliest convenience. Dr. Holcomb will be happy to help you explore your options for vision correction!
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I went to the best of the best for LASIK: Dr. Holcomb. I highly recommend him and his staff.Courtney W.