Pre-Operative Instructions

It is essential to adhere to pre-operative instructions to ensure a smooth surgery and a speedy recovery. Preoperative instructions for eye surgery vary based on the type of procedure being performed. Some types of vision operations require anesthesia, but others require only a local anesthetic. Following these general principles is a good starting point, but your doctor can give you with more specific advice based on the nature of your treatment.

Preparing for your Procedure

When preparing  for your procedure, you should:

  • Wear a shirt you can sleep in and cover it with a buttoned or zippered shirt. For the first day or so, you don't want to hit your eye while pulling a shirt over your head.
  • Wrap up warm. If you are getting a laser procedure, remember that the room needs to be cool, usually between 65 and 72 degrees. You might feel better if you wear warm clothes during your treatment.
  • Thoroughly cleanse your face. Make sure all eye makeup, particularly mascara, is removed.
  • Perfume, cologne, hair spray, and aerosol deodorant should all be avoided. These chemicals have the potential to damage laser mirrors.
  • Jewelry, watches, and contact lenses should all be removed.
  • Make arrangements for transportation to and from surgery. After an eye operation, patients are usually not authorized to drive.
  • Unless otherwise directed, take all of your regular medications.
  • It's possible that you'll need to stop wearing contact lenses a few days before your treatment. This is the most typical LASIK instruction.

Follow All Pre-Operative Instructions

Your doctor will go over all of your prescriptions and pre-operative instructions with you at your appointment prior to your procedure. They will almost certainly give you post-operative instructions as well to assist you in preparing for your recovery. Following your doctor's instructions to the letter will help you have a successful procedure and a quick recovery.