How to Prepare for LASIK Surgery | Seattle LASIK Eye Surgeons

It’s natural to feel anxious or nervous before your LASIK surgical procedure. Rest assured, as LASIK has a significantly high success rate in the eye care industry. In fact, among the millions of Americans that have had LASIK, there’s a below 1 percent reported serious complication rate. Technologic advancements and innovations—especially with Bladeless WaveFront technology or iLASIK—have increased safety and long-term effectiveness of the eye laser surgery.

Our team at Clearview Eye & Laser have detailed our LASIK preparation guide to get you ready for the big day. If you’re interested in scheduling a complimentary LASIK consultation or to find out more information, feel free to contact us today.

The Weeks Before LASIK Surgery

Months or weeks prior to your LASIK surgery appointment at Clearview Eye & Laser, you likely had a consultation with one of our expert Seattle laser eye doctors. During initial evaluation, we perform a dilated eye exam to determine if you qualify for LASIK. If your corneas are too thin for LASIK, you may be a candidate for laser PRK surgery instead.

You must refrain from wearing soft contact lenses at least one week prior to LASIK surgery. Your Seattle LASIK surgeon will have more information at your consultation.

Girl with green eyes and leaf

The Day Before LASIK Surgery

You must arrange to have someone drive you to and from your surgery appointment. The entire LASIK process can take up to a few hours two to four hours, so be sure to make proper arrangements for transportation.

On the day before your procedure, begin using eye drops as prescribed. It’s important to keep your eyes moist when preparing for LASIK. We recommend our patients avoid alcohol for 24-hours before their surgery as it can dehydrate eyes.

The Day of LASIK Surgery

On the day of your LASIK surgery, we highly recommend wearing comfortable, loose-fitting clothes to your procedure. Avoid wearing eye makeup, beauty products, fragrances, lotions or wearing obstructing jewelry to your appointment.

Unlike many other surgical procedures, there are no restrictions on eating or drinking. We recommend our patients eat a light and nutritious meal or snack before their appointment. Since you’ll need plenty of rest after having LASIK surgery, you should avoid drinking caffeine or energy drinks. Consult with your Seattle LASIK surgeon if you have any prescribed medications you must take on the morning of.

We kindly ask that you arrive to our West Seattle or Highline Clearview Eye & Laser clinic on time for your surgical appointment. This will ensure you have time to fill out any necessary paperwork, ask any questions you may have, and get settled in for their procedure.


For more information on LASIK from Clearview Eye & Laser:

Common LASIK Side Effects
Can iLASIK Fix my Astigmatism?
Recovering from iLASIK
Debunking Common iLASIK Myths
How Much Does iLASIK Cost? 
Explaining Common iLASIK Fears