A Free Laser Vision Consultation requires about 60 to 90 minutes and includes the following:
~ Detailed history of wearing glasses: The ideal candidate is at least 18 years of age with stable glasses or contact lens prescription for at least 1 year.
~ Detailed history of contact lens wear: Contact lenses may change the shape of the cornea and affect its prescription. However, you do not need to discontinue wearing your contact lenses for the initial consultation. If you wear your contacts to the consultation, please bring your current glasses (if you have some).
~ Detailed history of ocular or systemic diseases and medications: Some eye diseases and medications can affect the suitability of a candidate for Laser Vision Correction.
~ Detailed history of previous ocular problems such as lazy eye, strabismus (eye misalignment caused by muscle imbalance), or the need for special glasses to prevent double vision.
~ Detailed history of any previous eye injury.
~ Assessing lifestyle needs: The candidate’s work or recreational activities and needs can influence vision correction strategies. For example, different strategies can affect depth perception and the ability to see near or far.
~ Determination of uncorrected vision and vision as corrected by glasses or contacts.
~ Determination of the prescription of visual error with a refraction in each eye to establish the amount of surgical correction that is needed and develop the appropriate surgical treatment.
~ Assessment of the surface of the cornea by mapping its topography (corneal curvature orshape).
~ Measurement of pupil size in dim and room light. Pupil size is an important factor in counseling a candidate about night vision and planning the appropriate laser vision correction treatment.
~ Wavefront analysis to determine if you are a candidate for Customized Wavefront treatment.
~ Measurement of corneal thickness (pachymetry). The amount of LASIK correction may be determined in part by corneal thickness.
~ Glaucoma testing by measuring the intraocular pressure of the eyes to determine if you are predisposed to glaucoma.
Patients who are found to be good candidates for surgery can then choose if we are a fit for their Laser Vision Correction needs.