What To Expect At Your LASIK Consultation
Because your eyes must meet certain specifications to qualify for LASIK, it’s important that we gain a deep understanding of you, your lifestyle, and your eyes before we schedule your surgery.
Our laser consultations are free of charge and take about forty-five minutes to an hour to complete. They are simply a way for us to evaluate your eyes to qualify you for refractive surgery.
Many of our patients are unsure of what to expect during these consultations, causing a bit of worry and anxiety beforehand. Here, we’re hoping to relieve a bit of that uncertainty with a walkthrough of what a consultation looks like at Grene Laser.
We have a few pre-consultation requirements for those who wear contacts. These requirements vary, depending on what type of contacts you wear.
Those who wear soft contacts are asked to remain out of them for two weeks prior to the consult. Because contacts can reshape your cornea, this time out of them allows your cornea to “bounce back,” providing more accurate readings during your consultation.
Patients who wear rigid or gas permeable contacts are asked to remain out of their contacts for four weeks prior to the consult for the same reason as soft contact wearers.
Day of the Consultation
Pam Wiens, our laser technician, has been in the eye care field for 28 years and is extremely knowledgeable. She has been with us at Grene Laser since 2002. Trust us when we say you’re in good hands.
Pam will guide your consultation from the minute you arrive at our office, getting you started by taking you through multiple eye evaluations on a few machines. These varying tests evaluate different parts of your eyes, giving us a fuller picture of whether you’re a good candidate for refractive surgery.
The Exam Room
Cue scary music: Dun, Dun, Duuuunnnn…
Just kidding. There’s nothing scary about this part.
Once you’ve completed initial testing with Pam, she’ll take you into one of our exam rooms. Pam will evaluate your visual acuity (think 20/20) and perform a refraction to determine your prescription. Once Pam completes the refraction, she’ll dilate your eyes with a few drop, ask you about the day-to-day demands you put on your eyes, and inquire about your visual goals.
At this time, Pam will organize all the information she has gathered about your eyes and present it Dr. Askew. She and Dr. Askew will review the information together and determine which type of surgery is best for you - LASIK or PRK.
Approximately ten minutes after giving you the drops, your eyes will be fully dilated. Dr. Askew will enter the exam room to evaluate the health of your corneas and retinas and the clarity of your intraocular lenses.
Once this part of the examination is complete, Dr. Askew will discuss your refractive surgery options. Based upon your information, he’ll provide statistics on the likelihood of 20/20 vision after the procedure, the risks involved with the surgery, and steps for follow-up care. He will also answer any questions you may have.
If it’s determined that you’re a good candidate for refractive surgery, Sandy, another of our technicians will direct you to the consult room where she will go over the costs of the procedure, the follow-up course, any medications you may need, all risk factors associated with the procedure, and your scheduling options.
We know this sounds like a lot. And when you’re new to it all, it can be nerve-wracking. But remember, you’re in experienced hands. Your consultation will only take forty-five minutes to an hour to complete and we’re always happy to answer any questions you have at any point during the consultation.
We hope this sheds a little light on what you can expect from the Grene Laser team.