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What Should I do to Prepare For Laser Eye Surgery?

You’re going into the clinic soon to have a life-changing procedure. Safe to say, you want to be prepared.

Not only do you not want to overlook or forget to do something you should have and look silly, more importantly, you don’t want to do anything that could impact the treatment itself.

Fortunately, as Prof Reinstein points out in the video below, in preparing for your treatment, there’s really nothing you need to lose sleep over.

In fact, prior to the actual procedure, there isn’t much you really need to do to prepare yourself at all.

There are a few things, though, which you’ll be made well aware of during your thorough assessment process. For instance, although you might want to smell good for your surgeon, it’s advised to avoid cologne or perfumes, as well as hairspray and other alcohol-containing beauty products, on the day of the treatment.

Ladies and men alike are also advised to remove any eye makeup, including mascara, eyeliner, and eye shadow, and to avoid wearing any woollen clothing (the clinic is always nice and warm).

Things to Remember Before Your Laser Eye Surgery

On top of those mentioned above, if you really want to be prepared, you can get a headstart and consider our quick prep checklist for Laser Eye Surgery.

Outside of sticking to the checklist below, the main thing you can do to prepare for your treatment is to relax as much as you can. And should you have any questions, just ask — no matter how trivial, it’s important that you’re informed and happy about the whole Laser Eye Surgery process from start to finish.

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  • 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.
  • Depending on your occupation, you may need to arrange to be away from work for up to four days following LASIK, two days for ReLEx SMILE, and up to fourteen days following PRK. Please speak to an optometrist regarding your individual case.
  • 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 or pet iguana 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.

Laser Eye Surgery is a life-changing treatment. Make sure you’re fully prepared and leave us a comment below with a question or speak with one of our small team of friendly experts. 

What Should I Do to Prepare 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

  4. Shaheena 17/07/2019 at 07:27

    I am a student who use mobile phones more to spend my leisure time so after this treatment after taking rest for 20days can i continue my habit else any change should i do in my routine

    • Chloe Lay 17/07/2019 at 08:41

      Hi Shaheena,
      We advise you rest and close your eyes after your treatment for the remainder of the day and then you are able to resume work on a screen (computer work and mobile phones) as usual, the following day.
      If you have further questions, please get in touch with one of our Patient Care Coordinators on 020 7724 1005.
      Best wishes,
      London Vision Clinic

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  6. Taylor Wright 19/02/2020 at 18:11

    It’s good to know that you should remove eye makeup a day before the surgery. My mom is having laser eye surgery done next month and she is worried about having everything ready since she wants it to go smoothly. I’ll have to make sure to keep looking for any more preparations.

  7. Elizabeth Hannigan 21/02/2020 at 23:19


    Quick question do I need to remove my gel nails before going in to have laser eye treatment done

    • Chloe Lay 02/03/2020 at 14:44

      Hi Elizabeth,
      Gel nails do not cause any issues for the surgery so you can leave them on.
      Kind Regards,
      London Vision Clinic

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