Tips to be followed before surgery
The first step in your journey to a life free from Spectacles and Contact Lenses through Femto LASIK (also called Bladeless LASIK) involves setting up a Pre-Procedure Consultation appointment. Please budget upto two hours for the consultation. This consultation is important for several reasons.
- To determine if you are a candidate
- To answer your questions
- To learn as much as you can about laser vision correction, about Femto LASIK, PRK and LASIK
- To understand the likely result, especially for your eyes.
At your pre-procedure consultation, we perform a thorough eye exam. Your exact refractive error is determined. Any conditions in your eyes that rule out laser vision correction in your eyes are looked for. Two special tests, Corneal Topography and Pachymetry, are also carried out.
Preparing for an operation
§ One week before surgery:
- Remove your soft contact lenses.
- Hard or oxygen-permeable contact lenses must be removed at least 2 weeks in advance, especially if you have been wearing them for a long time.
§ One day before surgery:
- Obtain the following medication which will have been prescribed during the pre-operative examination: Dafalgan Codeine (tranquiliser), Predmycin P collyre (anti-inflammatory), Aculare (pain killer), Systane and Hylo-gel (artificial tears) and huil de lin.
- No mascara.
- Contact the driver who is to bring you.
§ On the day fixed for the surgery:
- No mascara, cosmetics or perfume.
- 1/2 hour before your appointment: (this is your time of arrival) take 1 Dafalgan Codeine tablet to calm you. It may make you feel sleepy.
- Bring with you: Aculare, Predmycin P collyre (do not open the bottles), Systane and Hylo-gel in case of extreme dryness.
- The examination and the surgery will take approximately 1 hour.
Your treated eye will be covered with a protective pad which you need to wear for the first 24 hours after surgery. You may experience some mild pain or discomfort but painkillers will control this.
- Arrange for someone to drive you home after this procedure.
- You will be given antibiotic eye drops to take home with you which will help to prevent an infection. They also help with the healing process.
- For the first few days after surgery you must not rub or touch your treated eye. Try to avoid getting soap or shampoo in it and avoid contact sports.
- It can help to wear dark glasses for the first few days as your treated eye will be sensitive to the sun or the environment in general.
- There will be some blurring of your vision for the first few days after surgery but this will settle down after a short period of time.
You’ll need to come back within 48 hours of your surgery, so your surgeon can make sure your eyes are healing well. Your surgeon will then want to check you 1 week and 3 months after your surgery.
Before Femto LASIK (Bladeless LASIK)