Pre-operative LASIK Instructions: Getting Ready for Clearer Vision

September 29, 2015 — by Thomas Byrd, MD
Tags: Lasik Eye Care

Woman standing in front of eye chart with laser designs over her eyeMillions of Americans rely on glasses or contact lenses to see clearly. Most vision issues are caused by refractive errors, abnormalities in the cornea that warp light as it enters the eye. If you suffer from myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), or astigmatism (distorted or blurred vision), we can help. To correct your eyesight, Dr. Thomas Byrd can perform bladeless LASIK surgery, or laser in-situ keratomileusis. During this procedure, he will use our advanced excimer and femtosecond lasers to modify your cornea and sharpen your vision. Bladeless LASIK is a minimally invasive surgery that typically takes less than half an hour to complete and has a very high success rate. To help ensure your safety and improve your chances for outstanding outcomes, Dr. Byrd and our team recommend following certain steps before your surgery. Read on to learn the pre-operative LASIK instructions we provide at our Detroit ophthalmology practice.

Ensure that You’re a Good Candidate

Many people want to experience the benefits of bladeless LASIK surgery, but you must meet certain criteria to be a good candidate for this procedure. To prepare for your surgery and improve your safety, Dr. Byrd will work with you to make sure you qualify for LASIK. To be eligible, you should:

  • Have had a stable optometric prescription for at least a year.
  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Be in good overall health, without any life threatening, immune-compromising, or chronic conditions that could interfere with your safety or results.
  • Have healthy eyes, free from any other ophthalmological conditions, such as cataracts. If you suffer from an eye disorder, Dr. Byrd may be able to help you treat it so you can become a good candidate for LASIK.
  • Are not currently nursing or pregnant.
  • Have sufficiently thick corneas for flap creation.
  • Not have particularly large pupils, since these can make the LASIK procedure more complicated.

At your initial consultation, Dr. Byrd will examine your eyes, go over your medical records, and discuss your concerns with you to determine if you may be a good candidate.

Understand Your Procedure

The day of your LASIK surgery is not the time to be asking basic questions about what it entails. Dr. Byrd and our team will help you understand your procedure. Each surgery is slightly different, depending on the patient’s particular needs, but in general, it goes as follows. First, Dr. Byrd will numb your eyes with local anesthesia use our Ziemer FEMTO LDV™ femtosecond laser to create an incision in your cornea. After moving this flap to the side, he’ll reshape your cornea using our VISX STAR S4™ excimer laser. Finally, he’ll place the flap back over your eye, where it will naturally reattach without the need for sutures. If you have any lingering questions, concerns, or doubts about LASIK, feel free to contact our practice to get the answers you need.

Prime Your Eyes for LASIK

Optimizing your ophthalmological health can help you reap the most benefit from your LASIK surgery. To prime your eyes and body for this procedure, we recommend that you:

  • Stop wearing contact lenses. These visual aids can temporarily change your corneal shape, which could have a major impact on your surgery. If you wear hard contact lenses, you’ll need to stop wearing them for four weeks, while rigid soft lenses or toric lenses will require a three-week break, and you’ll need to refrain from wearing soft lenses for two weeks.
  • Eat a nutritious, balanced diet, so your body has everything it needs to help you heal from this procedure.
  • Get enough exercise. We generally suggest avoiding exercise for a few weeks after LASIK so that sweat doesn’t run into your eyes and jeopardize your results, so you should stay active in the time before your surgery.
  • Stop smoking and drinking excessively. These habits can raise your risks for complications.

Plan for Your Recovery

Making appropriate arrangements for the time after your LASIK can help you heal well, remain comfortable, and experience excellent results. You should:

  • Find a friend or family member to drive you to and from your surgery
  • Pick up your prescription medications and eye drops
  • Get a few days off of work so you can rest and recover at home
  • Make sure you have loose-fitting, buttoned shirts that you can put on without putting pressure on your face or eyes
  • Get a jump on household chores, so you don’t have to worry about cooking or cleaning while you heal

Learn More about LASIK

Are you ready to clarify your vision? Contact Byrd Eye Clinic today to find out more about this surgery or schedule a consultation.

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