One question that most prospective laser eye surgery patients want to ask is whether there are any particular things that they need to do to prepare themselves for the surgery. This type of issue will have been covered comprehensively by the clinic in the initial consultations and probably also in the preoperative paperwork that the patient is provided with.
However, we thought that it would be useful to provide a short aide memoir covering some of the fairly straightforward things that should be done to make sure that the patient is fully prepared for the laser eye operation that they are about to undergo.
1. What the patient needs to ensure, on the morning of the operation, is that the face is clean and free of any soap, perfume or other type of cosmetic that might get into the eye. Obviously, eye mascaras and eye shadow should be cleaned thoroughly so that there is no trace of them left around the eye. In fact,. It is preferable if the eyes are washed in only clean non-soapy water for two or three days before the surgery to make sure that the risk of there being some remaining traces of eye make up or detergents is kept to a minimum.
2. Patients should also bear in mind that dryness of the eyes is not helpful when undergoing laser eye surgery. They should steer clear of any activities that cause dryness, such as prolonged exposure to the wind or sun, or working in a dusty environment. Some people find that their eyes react to the presence of chlorine ion swimming pools. This should also be avoided, to ensure that the eyes are not sensitive prior top the laser eye surgery.
3. The smoking of cigarettes and alcohol consumption, both of which can be dehydrating to the eyes, should also be avoided or, at least, kept to a bare minimum on the few days before the surgery. It is also sensible to continue with this for a few days after the surgery to assist in the recovery process.
4. When planning what to wear on the day of the operation, the patient should find something that does not have loose fibres, which might get into the eye. Fibres such as mohair, for instance, should certainly be avoided in preference for cotton or linen items.
5. The patient should also attempt to stay calm before the surgery. It is one of the safest forms of surgery and it is not necessary to become stressed about it beforehand.
6. Finally, the patient should plan for the trip home for the clinic. Driving will not be possible immediately afterwards, so the patient should be accompanied by a friend or family member or arrangements made for some other form of transportation home.
None of these safety measures in advance of laser eye surgery are difficult to adhere to and if the patient manages to do so, it is likely that the surgery will go ahead smoothly with the minimum of fuss and the maximum effectiveness in vision improvement.