7 Tips to Prepare for LASIK

You’ve grown tired of contacts and eyeglasses, and you’re finally ready to undergo LASIK. Congrats! But before you decide to go through with this life-changing procedure, you can do a few things to get ready. Follow these tips to prepare for LASIK and show up on your surgery date with nerves of steel.

1. Schedule a Consultation and Appointment

Before you’re approved as an eligible patient for LASIK, you need to schedule a consultation. Don’t stress though. It’s simply a meeting between you and Dr. Alexandra Chebil M.D. During your visit you will be asked questions about your medical history and about your vision. If everything’s good to go, you can schedule your appointment for LASIK!

You will love our Lasik Center in Newport Beach. It’s centrally located and a private practice. The level of personalized care you’ll receive will automatically eliminate any anxiety you may have.

2. Switch to Glasses

If you wear contacts, now is the time to switch to glasses. Contact lenses can temporarily change the shape of the eye, which may cause problems during LASIK or postpone the procedure altogether. For about two weeks prior to LASIK, pop out the contacts and put on your glasses.

3. Drink Water and Ditch Caffeine and Alcohol

In the days leading up to your procedure, make sure you’re hydrated. Hydration is important for your wellbeing during the surgery, as well as avoiding dry eyes in the days after. You should also avoid caffeine and alcohol, which can dehydrate you and cause jitters that can prolong the operation.

4. Eat Before LASIK

Although surgeons suggest that you shouldn’t eat before surgery if they’re using general anesthetic, LASIK is different. You only get eye numbing drops, so eating before the procedure is perfectly fine. Plus, it gives you the strength and energy that you need to get excited about LASIK.

5. Skip the Makeup and Lotion

On the night before you have your LASIK procedure, wash your face completely and remove any makeup. Doing so makes the surgery more hygienic and limits the chance that any debris gets into your eye and causes an infection.

6. Get a Ride 

Although your eyes heal from LASIK within a few days, eye doctors recommend that you get a ride to your LASIK appointment. After LASIK, you can see glare and halos, which may make driving difficult. Secure a ride with a friend or family member, or in a worse-case scenario, grab an Uber or Lyft to your appointment.

7. Familiarize Yourself with Post-Op Care

Before you get LASIK, make sure that you read the post-operative care instructions or guide given to you. These tips and information will ensure that your eyes adjust and that you don’t have any complications after the surgery. Avoid contact sports and swimming, don’t wear contacts for about a week, and use medicated eye drops as necessary.

Stay Cool, Calm, and Collected

Now that you know exactly how to prepare for LASIK, you should feel cool, calm, and collected when you walk in the door.

From there, follow the doctor’s instructions during the procedure and keep your post-operative care in mind for the next several weeks. After that, it’s all about enjoying your brand-new life with 20/20 vision!  What’s great is you’ll come back and see Dr. Alexandra Chebil again.  One office, one doctor and you will be cared for from the consultation visit to long after your procedure is done.

Call us to book your LASIK consultation today.