LASIK surgery is entirely pain-free, and even after the surgery, most patients experience only minor itching and sensitivity for 24 hours or less. Still, LASIK is a surgical procedure, and thus it is important to prepare for it properly. Follow these five tips to ensure that your procedure and the recovery process go smoothly.
Address any specific concerns or worries you may have with your eye surgeon.
The calmer and more confident you are before and during your LASIK procedure, the easier it will be for you and your surgeon. If you have any worries about the surgery, ask your eye surgeon rather than letting your mind run wild with possibilities. Your surgeon or the nursing staff should explain what to expect during the surgery before you're taken into the operating room. Some offices wait until the day of surgery to give you this overview, but if you're feeling nervous in the days leading up to the appointment, don't be afraid to ask for an early explanation of what to expect, Doing so will calm your mind.
Stock your refrigerator with ready-to-eat snacks.
While you won't be in pain after LASIK, you will have a hard time seeing at first, and it won't be safe for your to slave over a hot stove or chop vegetables. Prepare a few sandwiches and leave them in the fridge so you have something to snack on while you recover. Slice a few apples or prepare carrot sticks in baggies if you think you may crave some healthy munchies. Move snacks to low cupboards where they're easy to reach.
Prepare a comfortable napping spot.
Most surgeons recommend taking a nap when you return home from having your LASIK surgery. This gives your eyes a chance to rest; you sleep through most of the itching and sensitivity that occurs in the hours after surgery. Before you leave the house for your surgery, make sure you have a comfortable napping spot set up with pillows and blankets, so you can lay down as soon as you return home without having to fumble around, searching for items with blurry vision. You may even want to pre-fill a glass of water and set out a non-perishable snack, so you have everything you need to stay comfortable in your napping spot for a few hours.
Have a friend on call in case you need assistance.
You'll need to have someone drive you home from your LASIK appointment, since your vision will still be blurry. Most people can then recover safely at home without the need for a caregiver. However, it's smart to make sure at least one friend or family member is available in case you need someone to make an emergency run to the store or help you prepare a meal while you're recovering from surgery. Depending on how quickly you recover, you may need someone to drive you to your next-day checkup with the eye doctor after surgery, too.
Make sure you take off adequate time from work.
Most patients find that their vision greatly improves by the morning after surgery, but this does not mean that you should go to work the next day. Taking off at least 2 days after surgery will ensure your eyes have adequate time to recover. If you work in front of a computer screen all day, you may wish to take off up to one week, since the glare of the screen may bother your eyes after surgery. If you are unsure how much time to take off from work, describe your work duties to your eye surgeon; he or she will make a recommendation.
LASIK surgery offers many patients the opportunity to experience perfect 20-20 vision with no pain and few side effects. By following the tips above, you ensure LASIK is a great experience that you'll be thankful you undertook.