What Should I Do When Preparing For Laser Eye Surgery?

Prior to the actual procedure itself there is not much the patient really needs to do to prepare themselves for the actual treatment.  We ask people on the day of the treatment to avoid using cologne or perfumes as well as hairspray. We ask ladies to remove any eye makeup and mascara, eyeliner, and eye shadow and also to avoid any woolen clothing to be worn during the actual procedure.

Things To Remember Before Your Laser Eye Surgery…

Feeling nervous, anxious or excited before surgery is a completely natural, completely normal response.

Just follow this checklist below, try to relax as much as you can, and if you have any questions please just ask – we know that no matter how trivial your question may seem, the answer is important to you.

  • Depending on your occupation, you may need to arrange to be away from work for up to four days following LASIK and up to fourteen days following PRK. Please speak to an optometrist regarding your individual case.
  • Do not wear perfume or cologne; they can contain alcohol, as can hair products such as hair spray or mousse.
  • Remove all eye makeup a minimum of 24 hours before surgery. Please ensure your face and eyes are complimentary from all makeup on the day of surgery.
  • Wear comfortable clothing and avoid anything that may generate lint such as wool.
  • Arrange transport, you certainly will not be able to drive yourself home and you may find public transport to be tiring.
  • If you are travelling far, you may find it more convenient to arrange local accommodation. We are happy to help you arrange this.
  • Avoid alcohol 24 hours before and 48 hours after your surgery, as this tends to dehydrate your eyes.
  • Please do not bring young children or infants with you to the clinic.
  • Just before your procedure, we will ask you to sign your informed consent form and to pay the balance of your treatment fee.
  • Bring your diary if you would like to make your aftercare appointments while you are at the clinic.

Professor Dan Reinstein describes what should be done to prepare for the Laser Eye Surgery.

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Terrified of the surgery but it was not painful and afterwards had minimal discomfort. Very quickly adapted to life without glasses although strange at first. Great having highlights and could carry on reading because didn’t have to remove glasses!! Able to read texts adn reply etc. Bliss Bliss! However distance still bit blurry but improving daily. 

– Patricia Torrance

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What Should I Do When Preparing For Laser Eye Surgery? [video]

  1. Matangi 13/03/2016 at 06:03

    Can u eat before it

    • Bethany Kingsley 13/03/2016 at 17:17

      Hi Matangi,

      There are no restrictions on eating. In fact, we ask patients to have a good breakfast on the morning of surgery.

      Please let us know if you have any other questions.


  2. SIDDHARTH VARMA 12/05/2016 at 14:09

    Do I have to shave my beard and eyebrows before the procedure?

    • Bethany Kingsley 18/05/2016 at 11:55

      Dear Siddharth,

      No there is no need for you to Shave before the procedure.


      London Vision Clinic

  3. Moe 22/12/2016 at 16:54

    What about people who wear prescribed contact lenses;
    How long before surgery they should stop using contact lense?

    • Bethany Kingsley 03/01/2017 at 10:53

      Hi Moe,

      This depends very much on the type of lenses you are wearing and your optometrist will advise you at the time of your suitability assessment when you need to stop wearing them. Most of the time you need to be out of your contact lenses for a period of time before the Surgeon Consultation. For example, if you wear soft daily contact lenses you should be out of them a week prior to your surgeon consultation. If your surgery is a week after that you would need to continue to stay out of your contact lenses.
      London Vision Clinic

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