Know Preoperative, Operative, and Postoperative Expectations

No contact lenses prior to evaluation and surgery - can you go for an extended period of time without wearing contact lenses?

Have a thorough exam - have you arranged not to drive or work after the exam?

Read and understand the informed consent - has your doctor given you an informed consent form to take home and answered all your questions?

No makeup before surgery - can you go 24-36 hours without makeup prior to surgery?

Arrange for transportation - can someone drive you home after surgery?

Plan to take a few days to recover - can you take time off to take it easy for a couple of days if necessary?

Expect not to see clearly for a few days - do you know you will not see clearly immediately?

Know sights, smells, sounds of surgery - has your doctor made you feel comfortable with the actual steps of the procedure?

Be prepared to take drops/medications- are you willing and able to put drops in your eyes at regular intervals?

Be prepared to wear an eye shield - do you know you need to protect the eye for a period of time after surgery to avoid injury?

Expect some pain/discomfort - do you know how much pain to expect?

Know when to seek help - do you understand what problems could occur and when to seek medical intervention?

Know when to expect your vision to stop changing - are you aware that final results could take up to months?

Make sure your refraction is stable before any further surgery - if you don't get the desired result, do you know not to have an enhancement until the prescription stops changing?

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