Preparing the patient for a LASIK procedure starts prior to the surgery. The patients should explain and go over their medical history, medications and whether they are allergic to medications with Boothe Eyecare and his assistants. Certain precautions have to be taken before the surgery. If you are using soft contact lenses, you will probably need to stop using the lenses at least for two weeks before the primary evaluation. The reason for that is that you need to allow your cornea to restore its normal corneal shape. In case you are using hard contact lenses, you will often be asked to stop using the lenses for six weeks prior to surgery. A day before the LASIK surgery, you should stop using cosmetics, creams or lotions on the eyes and face.
Dr. William Boothe recommends that patients will not use eye make-up on the scheduled day of surgery. Do not wear cologne and perfume. You should not use any kind of hair products that contain alcohol like mousse or hairspray on the scheduled day of the surgery. These kinds of products are known to affect the results of the surgery.
Dr. Boothe will examine the cornea of the patient before the surgery and carefully prepare a map of the exact shape of the cornea using wavefront technology. Using this map, our doctor will be able to precisely reshape the cornea using LASIK surgery. It is also important to rest well before undergoing the surgical procedure.
Arrive to the center at least one hour prior to the scheduled time of surgery. You can also drink fluids and eat a light meal before the surgery and it is better to wear loose and comfortable clothing so that you do not have to change clothes before the surgical procedure. You should not ignore the instructions of the doctor for the post-operative care. Following doctor’s orders properly will assure fast healing and healthy eyes after the LASIK eye surgery. It is important to get an appointment with Dr. Boothe for post-operative care. Appointments for post-operative follow up are usually taken after a week, a month or three months of the procedure depending up on the condition of the patient.
Never forget to arrange for a secured source of transportation from home to the center and back. Patients who have undergone the LASIK surgery should not drive for a minimum of one day after the LASIK surgery and should consult with Dr. Boothe of Boothe Laser Center about when to resume driving. Patients may be asked to take off from work for up to four days after surgery.
Never expect perfect vision immediately after the surgical procedure. Almost all patients who have undergone LASIK eye surgery are happy with the results once their vision is stabilized. LASIK surgery improves vision to a satisfactory to very good levels, but you should not expect perfect perfect vision. Majority of the patients are achieving 20/40 vision using LASIK eye procedure. Never consider a LASIK eye procedure if you are suffering from any autoimmune diseases. Sometimes in order to obtain better results, you have to undergo further enhancements or re-treatments. LASIK is not suitable for pregnant and nursing women. The time required for the pre-operative examination of your eyes is up to three and half hours. Tests may be repeated to confirm whether the results are consistent by Dr. William Boothe and his assistants.