Preoperative Care for LASIK
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If you're interested in getting the LASIK procedure, you may want to know the pre-surgical process for preparing yourself for the surgery.
First, if you're a contact lens wearer, you'll be instructed to stop wearing these anywhere from 5 to 20 days in advance. You'll need to rely on your glasses in the interim. You will go to the office the day of your surgery, where you can expect to complete some more paperwork. Your most important task is to relax, and you may be given a mild sedative such as Valium for this.
The thickness of your cornea will be measured with a device called a pachymeter. This measurement is used in the topographical calculation for the laser to smooth the imperfections of your cornea.
You may also be given an antibiotic prior to surgery to reduce the risk of infection. Some surgeons also use Lidocaine, or a very mild local anesthesia to reduce any pain that may be associated with the prolonged eyelid opening. Most patients do not experience too much pain in this procedure.
When you're ready to go, just breathe, relax, and know you'll probably be in the actual room for only a few minutes. You can feel confident going in and knowing your vision may be life-changingly better in only a few minutes.