Before refractive surgery
- To ascertain if you are a good candidate for refractive, an eye examination must be performed. In order to have a good surgery you will have to stop wearing contact lenses weeks before the evaluation by the surgeon.
- Wearing contact lenses changes the shape of your cornea.
- You must not wear soft contact lenses for up to two weeks before the surgery.
- Toric lenses or gas permeable lenses must not be worn for up to three weeks before the surgery.
- Hard lenses must be stopped four weeks before the surgery.
- You must tell the surgeon about your medical history and any medication you are allergic to. Discuss with the doctor about the outcome of the surgery and the precautions to take.
- Stop using perfumes, makeup, lotions and creams day before the surgery. Make arrangements to travel to and from the surgery centre.
During refractive surgery
- The refractive surgery procedure lasts for 30 minutes.
- Your vision may be blurred you will have to stare at a light for about 60 seconds.
- You are not the right candidate for refractive if you cannot stare at this light for 60 seconds.
- A shield will be placed over your eye at the end of the surgery. You must wear it.
- You must not work on the day of the surgery.