Schedule and Prepare
Step 4: Schedule your LASIK procedure
Dr. Seibel typically performs LASIK surgeries on Wednesday and Friday afternoons
at our ambulatory surgery facilities,
located at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in the Mark Goodson Building. This
appointment will be scheduled at the time
of your comprehensive eye exam.
Step 5: Preparation
LASIK eye surgery is an ambulatory procedure, which means that
you walk into our surgery facility, have your procedure and then walk
Here is a list of things to do before your surgery day:
Forms to sign
Please carefully review the informed consent forms as these are
to be signed prior to the day of surgery.
If you are coming in from out of town, travel and accommodations
are your responsibility - although, our office is happy to provide
you with some referrals. As laser eye correction is a medical procedure,
please make allowances for the possibility of an extended stay according
to the healing process of your eyes.
Please arrange for someone else to drive you home on the day
of your laser eye surgery. After laser eye surgery your eyes will be
irritated and light sensitive. This usually dissipates within 24 hours
after surgery. You should not plan on driving long distances for approximately
3 days after LASIK eye surgery and 7 days after PRK eye surgery.
Time away from work
Depending upon your occupation, you may need to arrange to be
away from work for a day or so following LASIK eye surgery. We will
advise you as to how long according to your specific work and physical
Please arrange for any children to be left under someone else's
care for the duration of your procedure and immediate recovery, which
takes approximately 2 hours.
What to eat or drink
There are generally no restrictions on eating or taking medications
before or on your surgery day, however, please advise us of any medications
you are taking. Avoid alcohol at least 24 hours prior to and 48 hours
after laser eye surgery, as alcohol dehydrates the tissues and may
alter the effect of the laser on your eyes.
What to wear
You will be wearing your own clothing during your procedure, so
choose clothing that is loose, very clean, and comfortable. The operating
room is kept at a cool temperature, so you may want to dress a bit
warmly. Avoid all clothing that might possibly generate lint.
What NOT to wear
Your face must be meticulously clean and free of all additives.
Certain items will alter the effect of the laser on your eyes and,
as a safety precaution, surgery will be cancelled if any are present.
On the day of your surgery, you must refrain from using:
- Facial or eye makeup (lipstick, foundations, powders,etc.)
Products that contain alcohol
Perfume, colognes, deodorant
Hair products that could leave residue on your face
hair spray, mousse, etc.)
Creams or lotions on or near your face
Medications to take
No medications are prescribed before your procedure.
How to feel
It is completely natural and normal if you feel nervous, anxious, or excited
prior to laser eye surgery. We will do everything possible to make this an excellent
and positive experience for you.
Next step: Your LASIK procedure.