Pre-operative and Post-operative Instructions

/Pre-operative and Post-operative Instructions
Pre-operative and Post-operative Instructions 2017-03-06T13:18:50+00:00

Below are pre and post op instructions to help guide you through the process and make it as easy as possible for you. Having a better understanding of what is involved in preparing for surgery, the day of surgery, and what to do after surgery, helps you know what to expect.

Getting Ready
Day of Surgery
After Surgery

Getting Ready

Pre-operative Evaluation for LASIK Surgery
Proper planning and care increases the success rate of any surgery. To save time there are many elements of the evaluation that should be clear to each prospective candidate. The elements of the final exam are also important for the proper surgical plan.

Understanding the Surgery
Each patient has a responsibility to understand the surgery, its potential risks and benefits. A discussion of these elements is important. You should understand the following prior to signing the consent form:

  • What is a realistic expectation
  • Alternatives to LASIK including glasses, contact lenses, PRK, RK and intracorneal rings (intacs)
  • Effect of surgery on close up vision if you are approaching 40 years of age (the need for reading glasses)
  • Risks including infection, glare, halos, wrinkles in the flap, loss of best corrected vision

Preparing for surgery

  • You are required to stop wearing contact lenses prior to the surgery: 7 days for soft lenses, two weeks for toric lenses, and 2-3 weeks for rigid gas permeable lenses (or until the cornea is stable)
  • FOR CustomVue PATIENTS: CONTACTS SHOULD BE OUT A MINIMUM OF TWO WEEKS FOR SOFT LENSES, or longer as instructed by the doctor, THREE WEEKS FOR GAS PERMEABLE LENSES, or longer as instructed by the doctor.
  • A driver must accompany the patient or prior arrangement for transportation.
  • Take your regular medications
  • No perfume or any make-up
  • Eat a light breakfast or lunch
  • Wear loose comfortable clothing
  • You must be accompanied by a responsible adult on the day of surgery

Day of Surgery

Please arrive on time.

You will be escorted to the laser room only after you have signed the consent form and all your questions were answered. The following are temporary side effects of the procedure, which usually last a short period of time:

  • Foreign body, scratchy sensation
  • Tearing
  • Light sensitivity
  • Fluctuation and blurring of vision for the first few days that usually improves over the next few weeks
  • Halos at night
  • Red spots of blood on the white part of the eye
  • Most of the vision correction occurs within the first 24 hours

After the Surgery

Please read carefully!

  • Do not rub or squeeze your eyes for one week
  • Please use your eye drops as instructed
  • Wear sunglasses
  • Wear the eye shield for the first three nights after the surgery.
  • No make-up for one week
  • Avoid contaminated water, such as pools and hot tubs for one week
  • No sports for one week
  • Call the office if you have severe pain that cannot be controlled with over the counter pain medications
  • It is very important to keep up all your post-operative appointments

Contact us and find out why The Eye Center is one of the best choices for LASIK in VA. Call one of our offices in Northern Virginia: Leesburg, Fairfax, Sterling, Alexandria, Manassas.  If you or someone you know is interested in finding out more about the Advanced CustomVue procedure, please call us at 888.844.2020.

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HIPAA Notice of Patient Privacy Practices

Our Notice of Privacy Practices provides information about how we may use and disclose protected health information about you. The Notice contains a Patient Rights section describing your rights under the law. You have the right to review our Notice before signing this Consent. The terms of our Notice may change. If we change our Notice, you may obtain a revised copy by contacting our office.

You have the right to request that we restrict how protected health information about you is used or disclosed for treatment, payment or health care operations. We are not required to agree to this restriction, but if we do, we shall honor that agreement.

By signing this form, you consent to our use and disclosure of protected health information about you for treatment, payment and health care operations. You have the right to revoke this Consent, in writing, signed by you. However, such a revocation shall not affect any disclosures we have already made in reliance on your prior Consent. The Practice provides this form to comply with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).

The patient understands that:

  • Protected health information may be disclosed or used for treatment, payment or health care operations
  • The Practice has a Notice of Privacy Practices and that the patient has the opportunity to review this Notice
  • The Practice reserves the right to change the Notice of Privacy Policies
  • The patient has the right to restrict the uses of their information but the Practice does not have to agree to those restrictions
  • The patient may revoke this Consent in writing at any time and all future disclosures will then cease
  • The Practice may condition treatment upon the execution of this Consent.

For more in-depth details regarding HIPAA and our Privacy Practices, please read: Notice of Privacy Practices  (PDF)

If you have questions about any of this information or the practices of this web site please send an email to info@TheEyeCenter.com 

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