Preparing for LASIK During the Holiday Season

Posted By Key-Whitman Eye Center || 18-Dec-2014

Do you have LASIK eye surgery scheduled during the holiday season? There’s nothing better than saying goodbye to your glasses or contact lenses and starting a new year off with crisp, clear vision. However, you may be wondering just how LASIK will fit into your holiday plans.

The good news is that your LASIK procedure shouldn’t interfere with your holiday plans too much. Here are a few things you should know about LASIK eye surgery and what you can expect for your recovery.

How to prepare for LASIK

If you wear contact lenses, your eye doctor should have already advised you to stop wearing them two to four weeks prior to surgery (depending on the type of lenses you wear). Be sure to follow your doctor’s instructions regarding your contact lenses, as this could affect the results of your laser eye surgery.

Stop using any creams, lotions, makeup or perfume at least 24 hours before your surgery. Lotions and cosmetic products on your face, specifically around the eyes, can increase risk of infection from surgery. Be sure that all eye makeup is thoroughly removed from your eyes prior to surgery.

Arrange for transportation home from surgery. Following surgery, your vision may be blurry, making it dangerous to drive. You may also be drowsy from any medications your eye doctor may give you to relax during surgery.

What to expect after LASIK

After surgery, your eyes will be shielded with protective goggles overnight. You will rest your eyes overnight and return to see your doctor the following morning. You’ll also follow up with your doctor at regular intervals in the months following surgery.

After undergoing LASIK eye surgery, your eyes will be dry, although they may not feel that way. Your doctor will prescribe eye drops to keep your eyes moist and to prevent infection and inflammation. Your vision may be hazy or blurry for the first day, but most patients will notice improved vision within the first few days following surgery.

You will likely be most comfortable recovering from your surgery at home, so be sure that you give yourself at least a few days to recover before traveling for the holidays.

You can save $1,200 off the cost of your procedure when you schedule your LASIK procedure before December 30 and have your surgery before January 31, 2015. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.

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