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Eye Surgery Instructions

Eye Surgery Instructions

BayCare Clinic Eye Specialists offers instructions for people having LASIK, refractive eye and lens implant surgery.

Each person having surgery gets individual instructions before a procedure. These are general instructions.

 

When should I arrive LASIK or PRK surgery?

Arrive 30 minutes before the scheduled surgery time. Expect to be at the surgery site for 60 to 90 minutes. 

 

What happens before LASIK or PRK surgery?

  • Eat and drink as normal.
  • Don’t wear makeup, cologne or perfume to surgery.
  • Don’t wear contact lenses before surgery. Soft contact lenses must be removed 7 days before surgery. Hard contact lenses must be removed 21 days before surgery.
  • Continue to take any regularly used medications, unless instructed otherwise by your doctor. For comfort, take ibuprofen (Advil), acetaminophen (Tylenol) or aspirin if desired.
  • Bring your post-operative prescription eye drops. Our staff will provide instructions on how and when to use them.
  • Arrange for a ride home after surgery.
  • Anesthetic eye drops will be provided to numb the eye and relieve potential discomfort during surgery.

What happens during LASIK or PRK surgery?

  • Most laser vision correction procedures take only a few minutes for each eye.
  • Before beginning, the surgeon will discuss each step of the procedure and introduce the sound of the laser. The eyes are held open with a small device to prevent blinking. The laser’s tracking system locks in and follows movements of the eye to ensure proper beam placement.
  • Depending on the procedure and level of treatment needed, each laser application typically lasts from 10 to 25 seconds for each eye. The surgeon controls the laser, and the procedure can be stopped at any time.
  • Most laser vision correction procedures are painless except for some moderate pressure and bright lights.

What happens after LASIK or PRK surgery?

  • Arrange for a ride home.
  • Expect to have some irritation, light sensitivity, watery eyes and hazy vision for several hours after surgery. This may last into the next day.
  • There will be a post-operative visit with either one of our surgeons or a co-managing optometrist on the day after surgery. This appointment is usually in the morning. Many people who have a laser vision correction procedure can drive comfortably by this time.

When should I arrive for lens implant surgery?

Arrive shortly before the scheduled surgery time. Expect to be at the surgery site for about 2 hours. 

 

What happens before lens implant surgery?

  • People having lens implant surgery can eat solid foods up to 8 hours before surgery and drink clear liquids up to 3 hours before surgery. Don’t eat or drink within 3 hours of surgery.
  • Don’t wear makeup, cologne or perfume to surgery.
  • Leave jewelry and valuables at home.
  • Wear a loose-fitting or button-down top.
  • Bring insurance cards to the surgery center.
  • Don’t wear contact lenses before surgery. Soft contact lenses must be removed 3 days before surgery. The surgeon will provide instructions on when to stop wearing hard or gas-permeable contact lenses.
  • Bring your prescription eye drops. You will need to begin taking them before the day of surgery.
  • Arrange for a ride home after surgery, and for someone to stay with you for a couple of hours after surgery.
  • Medication may be provided to help you relax. Anesthetic eye drops will be provided to numb the eye and relieve potential discomfort during surgery.

What happens during lens implant surgery?

  • Most lens implant procedures take about 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Before beginning, the surgeon will discuss each step of the procedure
  • The eye will be held open with a small device to prevent blinking during the procedure.

What happens after lens implant surgery?

  • Arrange for a ride home and for rides to follow-up appointments on the day of surgery and the day after surgery.
  • Expect to have some irritation, light sensitivity, watery eyes and hazy vision for several hours after surgery. This may last into the next day. There likely will be some immediate vision improvement.
  • Most people having lens implant procedures will have a post-operative visit with either the surgeon or a co-managing optometrist on the day after surgery. This appointment is usually in the morning.

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