What To Expect at My LASIK Consultation?

What To Expect at My LASIK Consultation?

Laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis, better known as LASIK, has been around for a long time. It was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1999. Most people who have the procedure are glad they did. But, before your procedure, you’re going to need a consultation where your doctor gathers information and determines whether or not you’re a good candidate. 

One of the things we take pride in at Cooper Eye Center is providing advice to our patients that is specific to their situation and eye health. Our providers want to know you and to make recommendations that benefit your vision. During a LASIK consultation, you can expect your doctor to learn about your goals, your eyes, and your overall health.

Plan to spend some time with us

The consultation isn’t a quick appointment. In fact, it may take as long as two to three hours. That’s because we need to do several tests, measure various parts of your eyes very carefully, and learn about why you want to have surgery and what you expect. We also give you lots of information about what to expect during and after surgery if it turns out you’re a good candidate. 

Wait, I might not be able to have LASIK? 

That’s right. Some people aren’t good candidates for the procedure, which is one reason we need to do so many tests. If you’re extremely near- or farsighted, you may not be an appropriate candidate for LASIK. Certain diseases, like glaucoma, may also make LASIK a bad idea for you. 

Tests we perform

We use a series of tests to learn as much about your eyes as we can during your consultation. We also take highly detailed measurements of different parts of your eyes. We look at how well your eye focuses, and what conditions affect your vision as a first step. This part is very similar to eye exams you’ve had to determine your lens prescription. 

We also dilate your eye and examine the parts that are behind your pupil and your retina. Dilation helps us take more accurate measurements. We also take images of your retina so that we can see how well it functions. 

You can expect us to take high-resolution scans of the front of your eye and its surface. Since your doctor will reshape your cornea, they need a clear and precise understanding of its curvature, shape, and thickness. 

Essentially, your LASIK consultation is a very detailed and thorough eye exam. Part of the reason the satisfaction rate among people who have had this procedure is so high is that we are so careful in making sure that only people who will benefit the most undergo it. 

If you’d like to learn more about LASIK, schedule an appointment with us. We’re happy to answer your questions. 

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