If you wear glasses or contacts, and you'd like to have better vision without the hassle of vision aids, lasik surgery could help you achieve your goal. Lasik surgery uses a laser to reshape the surface of your eye. This procedure can correct your vision to 20/20 eyesight or better. If you're interested in lasik surgery, here are four tips you should know:
1. Schedule a consultation with your eye doctor.
If you're interested in lasik surgery, your optometrist can give you more information. They will perform an eye exam on you to determine if you're a good candidate for the surgery. You're probably a good candidate if your vision has been stable for a couple years with no major fluctuation and you don't have any disease that would prevent you from healing well from surgery. According to the Lasik Vision Institute, patients with diabetes can get lasik surgery as long as their condition is managed.
2. Prepare for your surgery.
You'll need to start preparing your eyes for your lasik procedure a few weeks in advance if you wear contacts. Depending on the sort of contacts you wear, you will need to discontinue use anywhere from one to eight weeks before your surgery. Soft contact lens wearers can typically wear contacts until a week before their procedure, but you should ask your optometrist for specific instructions.
3. Dress for the procedure.
Lasik surgery is an outpatient procedure, which means you won't have to stay overnight in a hospital. In fact, the surgery can usually be completed in only a few minutes. On the day of your lasik surgery, dress in comfortable clothes. If possible, wear a shirt that buttons up, so you won't have to pull it over your head at the end of the day; while recovery for lasik surgery is usually fast and relatively painless, you still may not want to pull anything over your head for the first day. Make sure you don't wear any makeup, facial creams, or sunscreen to your surgery. Your face needs to be clean so your eye area isn't at risk for contamination.
4. Ask a friend to drive you to the doctor.
Lasik surgery is performed while you're awake, so you won't be groggy from anesthesia after your surgery. However, your vision may be blurry for a few days after the procedure, and you definitely shouldn't try to drive yourself home after. Ask a trusted friend or relative to give you a ride to and from the doctor's office on the day of your surgery.