LASIK procedure

We want you to feel comfortable about your LASIK procedure at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center’s Havener Eye Institute. Below are frequently asked questions about preparing for your procedure.

Do I need to do any tests before my surgery?

At your refractive surgery consult, all necessary testing, including corneal topography, mapping and corneal thickness measurements will be completed. A few specific tests may be repeated, if necessary, on the day of your surgery.

Do I need to take any additional medication?

Prescriptions for eye drops will be electronically sent to your pharmacy. These drops will be used after the surgery. Any questions about your drops should be directed to the main number: 614-366-1270.

Will I need a driver?

Yes. You must have a responsible adult bring you to the surgery and drive you home. Ideally, your driver will provide a contact number.

How should I prepare for surgery?

  • Wear casual, loose-fitting clothing.
  • Do not wear makeup, perfume or cologne.
  • Per hospital policy, please bring a photo ID, insurance card and copay.

What can I expect the day of surgery?

Before surgery

You should arrive at least 10 minutes prior to your surgery, or as directed by the surgeon’s office. Check in at the reception desk. The staff will complete your paperwork and ensure that you’re identified correctly for your procedure.

We recommend that your family members or support person provide a contact number to our team where they can be reached during your surgical visit so that we can contact them if we need information or if a care team member needs to speak to them.

During surgery

You’ll be taken back to the operating room from your private preparation area. The operating room staff will greet you and prepare you for surgery. We’ll ask you to confirm your identity and the procedure you’re about to have. This is part of our patient safety practice to ensure that you receive the appropriate treatment.

After surgery

Once your surgery is complete, you’ll leave the facility wearing clear eye shields to protect your eyes. The shields should remain on until the following morning. Expect about four hours of discomfort — we recommend taking a nap during this time if possible. Patients are required to have a driver to get home safely. You’ll be scheduled to come back in for a post-op visit with your doctor the following morning.

The only restrictions after LASIK are not to wear eye makeup for two days, and to avoid swimming pools and hot tubs.

At home

If you have any concerns during the evening, please contact your surgeon. If you have any emergency needs, please go to the closest emergency department. A nurse from the Outpatient Surgery Center will call you the next business day to check on how you’re feeling.

Our first concern is your recovery and any medical issues you may have. It’s important to us that we provide you with exceptional care. We encourage you to ask questions or share concerns when we call you.

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