Follow Our Pre-Operative LASIK Instructions for Improved Results

Salt Lake City - Pre-Operative LASIK Instructions


Mar 9, 2015 @ 11:00 AM — by Dr. David Masihdas
Tagged with: Lasik | Eye Care |

Snellen eye chart over a close-up image of an eyeAre you tired of depending on glasses or contact lenses to see properly? Do you want to enjoy clearer vision? At Utah Eye Associates, Dr. Masihdas frequently performs advanced LASIK eye surgery to enhance patients’ eyesight. LASIK is one of the most popular ocular procedures because it typically delivers excellent results while being minimally invasive. In fact, many LASIK patients can return to work the day after their procedure. If you want to experience enhanced vision and rapid recovery from LASIK, there are certain steps you should take to ensure you are prepared for your procedure. When you correct your eyesight at our convenient Salt Lake City office, Dr. Masihdas will provide you with pre-operative LASIK instructions to help you get ready for your surgery.

Discuss Your Concerns about LASIK

By the time you’ve scheduled your procedure, Dr. Masihdas will have thoroughly assessed your eyes, gone over your medical records, and created a treatment plan to suit your needs. However, if you have any lingering questions or concerns, it is important to address these before your procedure. You should feel completely comfortable with your surgical plan and fully understand Dr. Masihdas’ directions before undergoing LASIK.

Take Care of Your Body

The healthier you are, the faster your body can heal. In the weeks leading up to your LASIK surgery, you should:

  • Get plenty of rest. Try to sleep for at least eight hours per night to help your body remain in optimal shape for LASIK.
  • Stop smoking and drinking. Tobacco and alcohol can interfere with your healing and increase your risk for complications.
  • Eat a healthy, balanced diet. Getting proper nutrition can help fortify your body for your procedure.

Make the Right Arrangements

While LASIK is a relatively simple and minimally-invasive procedure, you will need to make certain arrangements to aid in your recovery. These include:

  • Finding a friend or family member to transport you to and from your appointment. Your eyesight may be compromised and you might feel groggy right after LASIK surgery, so you will not be able to drive. It’s also a good idea to have a caretaker stay at your home with you for at least 24 hours after surgery to help you as you recover.
  • Pick up any necessary prescriptions. You may need to use medicated eye drops or mild painkillers after your LASIK procedure.
  • Purchase any garments you may need for recovery. You may need to wear a protective eye shield during sleep for the first few days after surgery. Dr. Masihdas also recommends making sure you have comfortable, loose-fitting button-up shirts so you do not have to pull a tight garment over your face for the first few days after your procedure.
  • Complete any necessary household chores. It may be a good idea to prepare and freeze meals for you and your family.
  • Get a few days off of work. If you have children, you should also plan for your spouse, a friend, or family member to watch them for a day or so. Many LASIK patients are back to their daily lives the day after their procedure, but everyone recovers at different rates, so it’s a good idea to be prepared.

Stop Wearing Your Contacts

Wearing contact lenses can temporarily modify your corneal shape, potentially interfering with the accuracy of your LASIK surgery. You will need to switch to glasses for a certain amount of time before your procedure depending on the type of contacts you use:

  • Hard contact lenses: Four weeks
  • Rigid soft lenses or toric lenses for astigmatism: Three weeks
  • Soft lenses: Two weeks

Begin Your Journey to Clearer Vision

If you would like to learn more about pre-operative instructions for LASIK or schedule an appointment with Dr. Masihdas, please contact our office today.