Going into LASIK with open eyes – a checklist of what to do

If you are preparing for LASIK surgery, know you are in in good company – enough to fill a city, in fact.

The number of LASIK surgeries to be performed in the United States is expected to reach about 600,000 in 2016,1 roughly the population of Milwaukee. That shakes out to one in 19 Americans. Yet despite the increasing population of recipients, many who schedule to have LASIK likely feel anxious about what to expect and how to prepare. It is eye surgery, after all.

So let’s replace uncertainty with information. First off, a definition of LASIK: It is an outpatient laser vision surgery that reshapes the cornea, the clear covering on the front of the eye. This reshaping enables the cornea to focus light rays clearly on the retina (lens), so the patient can see things better. LASIK is performed to repair vision in people who are nearsighted, farsighted or have astigmatism (blurry vision). 2,3

While LASIK is common, lots of patients are a little fuzzy on what to expect. Here’s a checklist of what to do pre and post surgery.

LASIK: pre and post surgery checklist:

1 Statista.com, http://www.statista.com/statistics/271478/number-of-lasik-surgeries-in-the-us/
2 LASIK Eye Surgery, The Mayo Clinic, http://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/lasik-eye-surgery/in-depth/lasik-surgery/art-20045751
3 LASIK eye surgery, MedlinePlus, https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/007018.htm
4 LASIK Eye Surgery, The Mayo Clinic, http://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/lasik-eye-surgery/basics/how-you-prepare/prc-20019041
5 LASIK Eye Surgery, WebMD, http://www.webmd.com/eye-health/lasik-laser-eye-surgery#1
6 “Medications which May Affect LASIK Surgery,” LasikEyeSurgeryCorrection.com, http://www.lasikeyesurgerycorrection.com/medications_affect_lasik.html
7 LASIK Eye Surgery, MedicineNet.com, http://www.medicinenet.com/lasik_eye_surgery/page8.htm
8 Ibid.
9 LASIK eye surgery, MedlinePlus, https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/007018.htm
10 Ibid.
11 LASIK Eye Surgery, WebMD, http://www.webmd.com/eye-health/lasik-laser-eye-surgery#2
12 LASIK eye surgery, MedlinePlus, https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/007018.htm
13 LASIK Eye Surgery, MedicineNet.com, http://www.medicinenet.com/lasik_eye_surgery/page8.htm
14 LASIK eye surgery, MedlinePlus, https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/007018.htm