What Happens at a Laser Eye Surgery Consultation?
Before you make plans to donate all of your prescription glasses to your favorite charity, the first step is scheduling an evaluation, also called a consultation, during which a trained eye doctor evaluates if you are a good candidate for laser eye surgery, such as LASIK.
Your eye doctor will have a thorough discussion and a non-invasive eye exam before being able to determine if laser eye surgery is right for you. There are a few procedures he or she may reccomend (ex PRK or LASIK), based on your eye exam results.
What to do before your laser eye surgery consultation
In order for your eyes to be well prepared for your laser surgery, you will likely have to stop wearing contact lenses for about a week prior to the surgery. Also be prepared to stop using eye liners, shadow etc to minimize the risk of anything infecting or irritating your eyes.
Besides the possibility of irritation, contact lenses distort the shape of the cornea. Your eye doctor will want your cornea to have returned to its natural shape by the day of your laser eye surgery consultation.
What your eye doctor does during your laser eye surgery consultation
Your LASIK consultation will talk about your use of eye glasses and contacts, the reasons you want LASIK, and what expectations you may have once the procedure is over.
Not everyone comes out of LASIK with 20/20 vision, and most adults will need some kind of prescription reading glasses over time. Our eyes change with age, get less flexible and thus eyeglasses or contact lenses will likely be needed down the road.
Good laser eye surgery candidates have realistic goals for laser eye surgery, such as reducing the need for eye glasses and contact lenses or enjoying a more active lifestyle.
Your health history will be discussed to see if there are any conditions which may complicate the surgery, recovery and long term results. For example:
- Autoimmune disease
- Dry eyes
- Ocular herpes
Other factors such as alcohol use, contact sports and the types of prescription medications you’re taking will also be taken into account.
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