Before your LASIK Procedure
LASIK eye surgery at Cutarelli Vision is an “out-patient” procedure, which means that you walk into our surgical suite, have your procedure and then walk out again. Dr. Cutarelli typically performs LASIK surgeries on Wednesday and Friday afternoons at our on-site surgery center in Denver and Fort Collins, Colorado. Your LASIK eye surgery procedure will be scheduled at the time of your comprehensive LASIK eye exam.
Here is a list of things to do before your surgery day:
Forms to sign
Please carefully review the informed consent forms as these are to be signed prior to the day of surgery.
If you are coming in from out of town, travel and accommodations are your responsibility – although, our office is happy to provide you with some referrals. We do partner with many area hotels that offer discounts to our patients. As laser eye correction is a medical procedure, please make allowances for the possibility of an extended stay according to the healing process of your eyes.
You will need someone to drive you home the day of your procedure. Please arrange for someone else to drive you home on the day of your laser eye surgery. After laser eye surgery your eyes will be irritated and light sensitive. This usually dissipates within 24 hours after surgery. You should not plan on driving long distances for approximately 3 days after LASIK eye surgery and 7 days after PRK eye surgery.
Time away from work
Depending upon your occupation, you may need to arrange to be away from work for a day or so following LASIK eye surgery. We will advise you as to how long according to your specific work and physical requirements. Many patients can drive to their 1-day post-op visits with no problem!
Please arrange for any children to be left under someone else’s care for the duration of your procedure and immediate recovery, which takes approximately 2 hours.
What to eat or drink
There are generally no restrictions on eating or taking medications before or on your surgery day, however, please advise us of any medications you are taking. We do advise that patients eat a light snank prior to coming into our office. This will help with the small dosage of Valium, Ativan or Xanax you will be given. Avoid alcohol at least 24 hours prior to and 48 hours after laser eye surgery, as alcohol dehydrates the tissues and may alter the effect of the laser on your eyes.
What to wear
You will be wearing your own clothing during your procedure, so choose clothing that is loose, very clean, and comfortable. The operating room is kept at a cool temperature, so you may want to dress a bit warmly. Avoid all clothing that might possibly generate lint.
What NOT to wear
Your face must be meticulously clean and free of all additives. Certain items will alter the effect of the laser on your eyes and, as a safety precaution, surgery will be cancelled if any are present. On the day of your surgery, you must refrain from using:
- Facial or eye makeup: lipstick, foundations, powders, etc.
- Products that contain alcohol
- Perfume, colognes, deodorant
- Hair products that could leave residue on your face: conditioners, hair spray, mousse, etc.
- Creams or lotions on or near your face
Medications to take
No medications are prescribed before your procedure.
How to feel before your LASIK procedure:
It is completely natural and normal if you feel nervous, anxious or excited prior to LASIK laser eye surgery. We will do everything possible to make this an excellent and positive experience for you. We will also give you a small dosage of Xanax, Ativan or Valium to help you relax.