Part 1: What to Expect at Your LASIK Consultation
Part 1 of our LASIK experience guide
Have you decided you want to transform your life through LASIK, but still have questions about the process?
We understand. LASIK is a big decision for most patients, and it’s natural to want to be informed and at ease going into the procedure.
In this series, we’ll take a closer look at each part of the process, from your first visit to what life can look like after LASIK.
The first step is to schedule a visit to determine if LASIK is the right fit for you, your vision, and your lifestyle with the help of your doctor, so let’s take a closer look at what to expect when you go for your free consultation.
The consultation is a health assessment and an evaluation
While LASIK is a great option for many, it’s not a perfect fit for everyone. The initial consultation will help you and your doctor determine if you’re a good candidate for it.
The consultation is typically the longest part of the LASIK process. (The actual procedure is typically just 15 minutes!) Your doctor is going to conduct a comprehensive examination to create a detailed measurement of your eyes to determine their overall health and whether LASIK is a good fit for you.
If it is, these measurements and the information from the exam will be what your doctor uses to create your vision correction treatment plan.
Here’s some of the information your doctor will be gathering during your consultation:
- A reliable refraction, including a comparison to your previous glasses prescription, to ensure your prescription is stable.
- A dilated eye exam to give your doctor a detailed look at the health of your eyes.
- A high-definition scan of the front of your eye to determine the thickness and shape of your cornea.
- An evaluation of the tear film that coats your eyes to make sure your eyes are not dry and will heal properly after surgery.
- A thorough exam of both eyes using a high powered microscope that allows your doctor to get a detailed look at the front surface of your eye.
Give your eyes a break
Contact lenses alter the shape of your corneas and can give your doctor an inaccurate measurement at the consultation, which would mean less effective results. Contact lenses can also cause your eyes to be dry, which would affect your exam results and measurements.
If you wear contact lenses full time, you’ll want to give your eyes a break from them and switch over to your glasses for a period of time before the consultation.
For soft contact lenses, stop wearing them at least two weeks before your appointment. For hard lenses, take a break for three to four weeks prior.
Some patients require additional time out of contacts. If dry eyes are diagnosed at the time of the exam, treatment may be started and an additional appointment may be required to be sure dryness is resolved before proceeding with surgery.
Protect your investment
Remember, LASIK is an investment in your vision and your quality of life, so it’s worth some preparation and the time and detail that you and your doctor put in at the consultation.
Your consultation shouldn’t be a sales pitch or make you feel pressured in any way, so it’s important to work with a surgeon and staff that you feel comfortable with and who don’t mind taking the extra time to answer your questions.
We’ve already helped thousands of patients discover the difference that LASIK can make in their lives. When you’re ready to find out if it’s right for you, your vision, and your lifestyle, contact us to schedule your free consultation today.
In part 2 of this series, we’ll look at the LASIK procedure itself and the technology your doctor will be using to correct your vision.