• Take out contact lenses at least 5 days in advance in the case of soft lenses or 3 weeks in advance in the case of rigid lenses.
• No eating or drinking (except plain water) 1 hour prior to the examination since a blood sample may be taken afterwards.
• Arrange to have someone else drive you or take a taxi after the examination instead.
• Examination process, which lasts about 2 hours, consists of:
– Mapping the cornea with OPD and ORBSCAN machine.
– Refraction test.
– Measuring the thickness of the cornea.
– Administering the dilation medicine via eye drop.
– Refraction test after dilation.
– Examining the anterior and posterior segments of the eyeball.
– Consulting with doctor about any proper treatments as well as predicting the outcome of the surgery.
– Giving a blood sample for some clinical tests.
The day of the surgery:
• Take a bath 1 day before the surgery.
• Wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothing that buttons rather than pullovers.
• Do not wear perfume, hairspray and make-up, especially on the area around eyes.
• Maintain your normal diet and be present at the time scheduled for surgical preparation.
• Take any blood pressure and heart medicines as usual.
• Have someone else to drive you home after the surgery.
• Keep your 1 day, 1 week, 1 month, 3 month and 6 month scheduled appointments with your doctor.
• Use any prescribed medicines or eye drops as directed.
• Space medicines at least 5 minutes apart.
• Take care of eyes as instructed by doctor or nurses.
• If you feel your eyes are behaving erratically, get to hospital immediately or call your doctor with the phone number printed in the instruction letter.
• Maintain your normal diet but avoid foods causing allergies.
• On the day after surgery, take a lot of rest. Try to keep the eyes closed as much as possible.
• Wash the hand clearly before dropping medicine into the eyes.
• Do not rub the eyes after surgery (at least 1 month).
• No swimming for 1 month.
• No eye make-up for 2 weeks.
• Use protective-glasses when going out and the eyeshield when sleeping to avoid dusty environment. Use sunglasses under bright sunlight.
• During the first week after LASIK, try to keep all external fluids such as tap water or sweat from coming in contact with the eyes. Absolutely no rubbing.
• Keep an appointment for the follow-up examination. And the patient should contact to doctor immediately if she/he experiences severe pain, or if the vision or the other symptoms get worse instead of better.