LASIK is arguably one of the greatest achievements in modern optometry. The procedure can be intimidating for even those who have worn contact lenses for years. This guide will help you understand some of the basic dos and don'ts that every eye doctor wants you to be aware of before the procedure.

Before LASIK Surgery

Do not drink caffeine before your appointment. Caffeine can dry out your eyes and also make you jittery during your LASIK session.

Do eat before your LASIK surgery so that you are not distracted and uncomfortable during your procedure.

Do not wear contact lenses in the weeks leading up to surgery, as the lenses change the shape of the cornea. Your doctor will give you advice as to when you should stop wearing the contact lenses based on their type.

During LASIK Surgery

Do express your concerns to your doctor during surgery. If you are nervous or in pain, your doctor may be able to provide you with medication.

Do ask questions about LASIK if you have them. Your doctor wants you to be well informed of the procedure.

Do expect the procedure to last half an hour or less. It does not take very long, and you will be awake during the entirety of the procedure.

After LASIK Surgery

Do not drive after surgery. You will probably feel totally fine to drive, but this is not safe. Notify a chauffeur ahead of time that you will need a ride home. You should be able to drive the following day.

Do lubricate your eyes in the weeks and months following LASIK. Use drops given to you by your doctor several times a day, even if you don't feel that your eyes are dry.

Do expect some light sensitivity when you walk outside. Bring sunglasses to the surgery to provide more protection.

Do not wear eye makeup in the first few days following LASIK.

Do not work outside in the yard or garden for the first few weeks after LASIK.

Do not engage in contact sports for several weeks following surgery.

Do not rub or itch your eyes after surgery, as this may misalign a part of the cornea. It can also lead to infection.

Finally, do make sure that you get in touch with your eye doctor if you experience any worsening of symptoms in surgery. If not treated, you could experience some problems with your vision.