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5 Tips To Prepare Before Having LASIK

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LASIK is a type of eye surgery used to correct refractive errors in the eye. A refractive error includes nearsightedness, astigmatism, and farsightedness.

Once you’ve decided you want to have the procedure done, practical questions may crop up. It’s also normal to start feeling nervous about getting LASIK. How can you know if everything will go as planned?

Experts in the field can address many of these concerns and questions. Don’t want to wait? Keep reading for 5 tips on how you can prepare before you have LASIK!

How Can You Prepare for LASIK?

Here are some of the five things you should do before you have LASIK:

1. First of all, you will need a qualified eye doctor to confirm that you’re eligible for the surgery. That is because not everyone is a candidate for LASIK.
Getting LASIK when you aren’t a good candidate can damage your vision. It can also lead to negative side effects.

Your eye doctor will take various measurements. This includes measuring the thickness of your corneas and your eye pressure levels.

You must divulge all the details of your medical history during your LASIK consultation. Make sure to disclose your existing health conditions and any medications you’re on. These all impact your ophthalmologist’s decision about if you are eligible for LASIK.

2. If you find out you are a good LASIK candidate, the next step is to find out when to stop wearing contacts. It’s recommended to quit wearing your hard contact lenses at about four weeks before LASIK.

This is because contacts temporarily change the shape of your cornea. This then impacts the measurements that your doctor takes before you have LASIK.

This could result in getting the wrong prescription and less accurate results. If you wear soft contact lenses, stop wearing them a week before the procedure. Check with your eye doctor to confirm when to stop wearing your contact lenses.

3. Take time off from work, as it’s recommended to take at least 24 hours off to rest after you have LASIK. This allows your eyes to heal without any disturbances that may cause an infection.

Don’t be too alarmed if you experience any side effects like dry eyes, hazy vision, or burning after LASIK. This is normal! The thing to remember is you should take it easy after the procedure. It might be a few days before you can take part in some of your usual activities.

4. Avoid drinking alcohol at least 24 hours before your LASIK procedure. Alcohol dries out your eyes. This might interfere with the vision correction procedure. In fact, do yourself a favor and try to drink more water in the weeks leading up to having LASIK!

5. Don’t use makeup on the day of surgery, or on the day before your procedure. Products such as eyeliner can leave debris in your eye. This increases your risk of infection after surgery.

To be safe, throw out any old makeup from before you had LASIK. This will help you avoid any infections from old bacteria living on your makeup!

Can You Drive After LASIK Surgery?

It’s advisable to get a ride to and from the eye surgeon’s office or have someone drive you. Following LASIK, you might experience distracting side effects such as blurry vision.

It’s unsafe to drive after LASIK because of the numbing eye drops used during the procedure. These usually wear off an hour or two after LASIK.

Wondering if LASIK could be right for you? There’s only one way to find out if it is! Schedule a LASIK consultation at Herschel LASIK and Cataract Institute in Orlando, FL! Why not find out if LASIK could be in your near future?

Those who know choose Herschel LASIK and Cataract Institute

Beautiful office. Amazing and caring staff. Getting my surgery done Saturday and the Doctor and the staff helped choose the right option for me and I didn't feel pushed to commit. One of the only few who commits the patient to a dry eye treatment as per my research. Post-surgery I hope to keep my 5 star rating because I have nothing bad to say!

Yogi Nayyar (Google), February 2020

I recently did my LASIK procedure about 1 week ago and was completely blown away from beginning to end with the SERVICE received from the entire staff at Herschel LASIK. The office is beautifully decorated and the staff was always professional, personable, knowledgeable and friendly. I particularly enjoyed the way that everything was explained clearly before, during and after my procedure and questions were always encouraged and answered. My experience was the best encounter to date with a physician. Excellent doctor + excellent support staff +excellent service = excellent experience and a happy customer. Thank you so much Dr. Herschel, Doris and Francesca.

Vernicia Sturrup (Google), September 2019

Great service, sometimes a bit of a wait, but I take a full lobby as a sign of a well recommended doctor. Staff is friendly & quick to answerphones & squeeze me in when I got an eye problem. Would definitely recommend them to anyone wanting to get LASIK. Doctor even personally called to check on me the night after my procedure.

Stephanie G. (Yelp), January 2020

I got my LASIK procedure done here. I was apprehensive, mostly because anything to do with my eyes kind of freaked me out.
I went under a free consultation. The nurses/assistants were very nice and they answered any questions I had. Then I met Dr. Herschel and he was very nice and understanding. He explained all that would happen, how everything works, how long recovery will be, everything.
So, I agreed and start the process. I love the fact you always meet with Dr. Herschel at every appointment.
I now have 20/20 vision.
I'd highly recommend going to him for all of your vision needs.

Kelsea K. (Yelp), November 2019

Great surgeon and great staff. Do your research, Dr. Herschel is more than just a LASIK surgeon. He is certified and specializes in all areas of eye surgery so have peace of mind that you are getting one of the best. They use current technology and machines. More so, if your eyes aren’t ready for surgery he has no problem delaying 1-2 weeks until they are 100% good-to-go. He will not risk your health for the sake of money.

Dave T. (Yelp)
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