Pre-Surgery Tips


Whether you’re preparing for your complimentary evaluation or you’re researching ahead of your LASIK procedure, here are a couple tips to remember.  Please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 1.800.DIAL.EYE if you have any questions!

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  • Take out your contacts.  Since contact lenses modify the shape of the cornea, they should be swapped for glasses leading up to your evaluation and procedure to allow your eyes return to their natural shape. Soft contact lenses will need to be removed at least 3 days prior to evaluations.  If you sleep in your lenses or wear TORIC lenses, we ask that you remove them at least 7 days ahead of your evaluation.  Those who wear gas perm or hard lenses will need to remove their contacts 21 days prior to the evaluation.
  • Avoid caffeine.  Caffeine can cause your eyes to feel dry, which can make it a little more difficult for you to fully relax after receiving LASIK.  We ask that you avoid caffeine at least 4 hours prior to surgery and recommend that you drink 5-6 glasses of non-alcoholic, caffeine-free fluids a day, beginning several days before the procedure. Taking an Omega-3 supplement and using lubricating eye drops may be recommended a few days prior to surgery and for up to three months post-surgery.
  • Come with a responsible driver.  Although you’ll be able to see an immediate improvement post-LASIK, you will not be able to drive yourself home.  Ask a responsible friend or family member to be your chauffeur.
  • Avoid Beauty Products.  The day of your surgery, steer clear of makeup, perfume, lotions, cologne or aftershave.

  • Am I a good candidate for LASIK?

    The ideal candidate for LASIK is over 18 years old, has healthy corneas and a relatively stable prescription (i.e. – the same prescription for 1 to 2 years).

  • Does LASIK hurt?

    Many patients experience little to no discomfort during or after LASIK. During your procedure, you’ll have a John-Kenyon staff member dedicated to making you feel comfortable. We will, literally, hold your hand throughout the entire process.

  • What if I'm nervous?

    We work hard to maximize your comfort throughout the entire LASIK experience.  If you find that you are nervous before the procedure, we’ll offer you an oral sedative to help you relax. A staff member will hold your hand throughout the entire procedure and the John-Kenyon team is more than happy to answer your questions at any time.

  • Will I be able to see immediately?

    Many patients can read the clock across the room immediately after LASIK. That being said, your vision the first few hours after the procedure can be cloudy. That’s why we ask that you bring a friend or family member to drive you home afterwards.

    We require that you rest with your eyes closed for six hours after surgery, but the overwhelming majority of patients wake up the next morning and are able to drive without glasses or contacts to their follow-up appointment.

    Every case is unique but you can expect to experience improved vision within the first few days.

  • Does insurance cover LASIK?

    Unfortunately insurance does not cover the cost of LASIK but you can use your Flexible Spending Account (FSA) or Health Savings Account (HSA) to pay for LASIK. We also have a number of financing options available to help make LASIK fit your budget.

  • Isn't LASIK expensive?

    The upfront cost of LASIK is certainly more than a pair of glasses or an order of contact lenses but some cost comparisons show that after 10 years the costs equal out.  If you have LASIK at 28, you may not have to wear contacts ever again and only need to start wearing reading glasses like most people do in their 40’s or 50’s.

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Kurt B. , LASIK

Kurt was looking for a lifestyle change. He now can enjoy life contact and glasses free!

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Kathy C. , LASIK

After becoming allergic to contact lens, Kathy decided to try LASIK. Only one day after her procedure and she already has 20/20 vision!