If you have finally decided to see the world with clearer eyes through LASIK surgery,  congratulations! This is a fantastic investment for the improvement of your quality of life.

Choosing to get corrective eye surgery is a major decision. As such, it would help to make sure that you are thoroughly prepared for it. This means knowing the right tips to follow before and after the procedure.

To help you with this, listed below are four of the most essential tips for people undergoing LASIK treatment.

1. Stock up on eye drops.

You will be relying on preservative-free tears for the smoothest recovery after getting LASIK, so make sure that you have them in your purse, in your clothes’ pockets, and on your bedside table. By doing so, you can be sure that anytime your eyes feel dry, you can quickly lubricate your eyes and feel relieved.

Here’s an extra tip about eye drops: You only need one drop in each eye, not several. One drop will easily refresh dry and itchy eyes after LASIK.

2. Arrange for somebody to accompany you on your LASIK surgery day.

You’ll need someone to drive you home after the surgery. Find a friend or family member who can accompany you to the ophthalmologist on the big day. Plus, it’s nice to have someone you love with you for the rest of the day as you take it easy and watch TV.

3. Ask your doctor to recommend pain relievers for you.

Pain is not a typical occurrence after LASIK, but it’s good to be prepared. Ask your doctor for the best pain reliever to take just in case you get a headache or your eyes experience soreness after the procedure. While a prescription pain reliever is almost never necessary, some OTC pain relievers can work better than others after surgery.

It’s important to note that reducing stress is a big help for quick recovery. Therefore, if there’s any type of discomfort or pain after LASIK, do not suffer through it.

4. Wear comfortable clothes for surgery.

This is one of the most highly recommended tips shared by folks who have had LASIK surgery. It helps to be comfortable during the procedure, and it’s a bonus to already be in comfy clothes when you get home to relax.

Hopefully, these tips will serve you well, your LASIK surgery goes smoothly, and you quickly reap all the promised benefits of this vision corrective procedure.


Joel Hunter, MD is an Ophthalmologist, Refractive Surgeon, and the Founder of Hunter Vision in Orlando, Florida. A recognized and respected specialist in vision correction who has performed thousands of refractive surgeries, Joel gives lectures across the country and trains fellow doctors in the newest LASIK surgery techniques.