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Top tips for preparing for LASIK surgery

Mr Tariq Ayoub - 3 Jul 2024

Preparing for LASIK surgery starts way before the surgical procedure, and many patients struggle to decide whether to move forward with LASIK. 

We have provided some top tips to ensure you know key information before proceeding with the LASIK procedure. 

1# Find the right surgeon 

The first step for preparing for LASIK is evaluating which surgeon and eye clinic are best for you and your needs. Feeling comfortable with your specialist is important as you will need to ask any questions you have before the procedure and feel confident that they’ll do a good job. 

At Oculase, we have a team of highly experienced, approachable surgeons who can answer any questions you may have about the procedure and perform top-quality treatment. We are here to make your experience as comfortable and stress-free as possible. 

2# Evaluating the procedure cost 

Another vital step is considering the cost of the procedure and planning out your payment. The long-term cost of glasses and contacts and the quality work of the LASIK procedure should be considered when making your decision. 

LASIK performed by an experienced, highly rated eye clinic produces long-lasting positive results. At Oculase, we have seen extremely positive results of LASIK, as performed by our expert Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, Mr Tariq Ayoub. Watch our testimonials to learn more about our patients’ LASIK results.  

At Oculase, LASIK procedures start from £1900 per eye. Find out more about our prices here. 

3# Determine whether LASIK is right for you 

During your initial consultation, your eye specialist will determine whether you are a good candidate for LASIK. This means your eye health will be evaluated. Your specialist will assess whether you have any conditions that may affect your surgery’s outcomes or cause any complications. These conditions include: 

  • Eye diseases – particularly those that result in continued deterioration of your vision and thinning of your cornea, such as keratoconus 
  • Inflammation and infection 
  • Eye injuries and disorders 
  • Dry eyes 
  • Large pupils 
  • Glaucoma 
  • Cataracts 

Your specialist may also consider your suitability for the procedure if you’re severely nearsighted, have a refracted error, have good vision (as you may not need the procedure), have presbyopia, or participate in contact sports. 

If you’re not a candidate for LASIK, we may suggest an alternative surgery, such as PRK, SMILE, implantable contact lens (ICL), or refractive lens exchange. 

We will work with you to determine the right treatment option that fits your needs and lifestyle. 

4# Maintain good physical and mental health 

When deciding to go ahead with LASIK, ensuring that you’re at optimal physical and mental health is essential. Here are some tips to improve your health: 

  • Educate yourself on the procedure – to avoid anxiety before the surgery, it’s important to educate yourself on the procedure. At Oculase, we have many helpful articles and videos on LASIK to help you prepare for your appointment. 
  • Maintain a healthy diet and sleep pattern – having a healthy diet and good sleep can help you heal more effectively after surgery. Read our article, ‘Top 14 foods to eat for Healthy Eyesight’, to learn more about maintaining a healthy diet for your eye health. 
  • Being well-hydrated – it’s crucial you stay well-hydrated before the procedure. LASIK can cause dry eye immediately following surgery. If you are properly hydrated, this can prevent excessive dryness and help speed up the body’s natural healing process. 

5# Follow pre-surgery instructions 

In preparation for the surgery, your surgeon will provide you with instructions on how to prepare for the procedure. Here are some general guidelines you should follow: 

  • Avoid applying any makeup, skincare products, creams, or perfumes on the morning of your surgery 
  • Avoid drinking alcohol, smoking, or taking medication the day before the surgery 
  • Stop wearing contact lenses a few days or weeks beforehand. Switch to glasses instead 
  • Arrange transport to take you home after surgery – this is because you will not be able to drive after the procedure and may need assistance getting home 
  • Wear comfortable clothing – choose items that will be easy to remove after your operation and avoid wearing any items that cause lint. This is so we can maintain the highest levels of sanitation and reduce the risk of contamination in the sterile surgery suite 

Learn more about laser eye surgery and how to prepare before surgery here. 

6# Communicate with your doctor 

Discuss your questions or concerns with your surgeon before the LASIK procedure. Also, make sure to discuss any additional details that your doctor needs to know about you beforehand. 

If you are open and honest with us, we can better support you in the laser vision correction procedure. 

At Oculase, we are happy to discuss anything regarding your health or the LASIK procedure beforehand. We have your best interests in mind and want to ensure you have the best experience possible. 

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At Oculase, we will tailor your treatment to give you the best vision results after your procedure. Based on our initial consultation, we will ensure your treatment plan is tailored to your needs.   

Our skilled surgeons have performed thousands of eye laser surgeries with excellent outcomes. Our patient testimonials highlight this.  

Book a consultation with us to get started on your health journey today.  

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About the author

Mr Tariq Ayoub
Mr Tariq Ayoub, Consultant Ophthalmologist

Mr Ayoub has been rated as one of the top eye surgeons in the UK. He is a Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon with Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust in London, one of the largest NHS trusts in England. He is also the Lead for the Emergency Department at Western Eye Hospital, as part of the Imperial College Trust.

Mr Ayoub completed his Ophthalmology training at the prestigious London School of Ophthalmology, namely at Moorfields Eye Hospital and Royal Free Hospital. During his career, he has received many prestigious awards from national and international organisations for his work in the field of ophthalmology.

His clinical interests include treatment for cataracts, vision correction, corneal disease, eye-lid disorders, trauma, and general ophthalmology. Mr Ayoub prides himself on the high quality of his work. With his extensive experience, he can holistically manage complex eye conditions to deliver the best care for his patients.

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