Before getting a LASIK procedure, you are given by your eye surgeon advice that you need to follow for you to have a safe procedure. During pre-op calls, you may be hearing things that you should not do rather than something to do.
Even if LASIK surgery only concerns your eye, there are still precautions that you should take before and after surgery. Here are the common precautions that are given:
- Do not use a soft contact lens 3-4 days before the procedure.
- Do not wear any form of eye make-up a day before the procedure and the actual day.
- Do not wear any scented lotion, hair spray, mousse, or gel on the day of the procedure because it can affect the laser energy and the outcome of the surgery.
- Take a light breakfast.
- Be at the clinic earlier than your appointment.
- Bring someone because you will be needing someone to take you home and for the post-procedure instructions.
It is mentioned that you should not wear perfume on the day that you will be getting LASIK. Perfume on the day of the actual procedure is an issue. Many people will ask what is the relationship between these two because the concern of LASIK surgery is the eyes only.
Why Does It Matter to Not Wear Perfume During the Procedure?
Many patients are confused why they are forbidden to wear perfume during the procedure. The temperature and humidity of the air is needed to be controlled which is the reason to avoid using perfume. Every variable is controlled as possible so that the laser and eyes will be the only factors.
There is a bladed and bladeless LASIK. The femtosecond laser is the first laser to be used. This type of laser is safer and better than blades. Even if you wear perfume, a femtosecond laser does just fine.
Why Is Pure and Clean Air Very Important?
The excimer laser is the second laser to be used in the LASIK procedure. It is the one responsible for your prescription. The humidity and temperature in the room are needed to be controlled down to the percent. The air quality is optimized using a gigantic HEPA filtration HVAC system that purifies the air.
It is important not to wear any perfume because the molecules present in the perfume fills the air. The only thing that is needed to be present in the air is the air only. You can use perfume at any time, not just the day that you will get LASIK surgery.