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The Consultation With Your Surgeon and Pre- Screening

During the screening, you should have provided your doctor with a report of your thorough eye and medical history. The doctor will have reviews of your medical and health history and current conditions, as well as a list of medicines, allergies, and your vision correction experiences; and your ocular health status available, especially if you have provided him or her with the information.

It is important that you speak with your doctor and inform him or her about your family history of disease, past diagnoses, surgeries and so forth. You should discuss with your Coordinator or surgeon and let them know what your goals are for LASIK. When your doctor has a comprehensive understanding of your reason to have surgery, he or she can better help you explore your options and work hard to produce the best results. To help you set concrete goals for LASIK, consider:

- Daily Lifestyle
- Work
- Hobbies
- recreation
- activities

If you feel restricted because you have to wear eyeglasses, bifocals, or contact lens and feel that you cannot enjoy certain activities, recreations, etc, let your surgeon know. Your success is banked on your willingness to let your doctor know about your goals.

Once you go for consultation, you can expect an expert technician to assess and perform measurement tests. The doctor will test your vision acuity while you are wearing glasses or lens, and when you are not wearing them. The tech will measure and create a “digital map” imaging of the shape of your corneal. This is a topography test of the corneal, which also helps the tech to measure other parts of the eye. The pupils will be measured at great length. The technician will insert eye drops in your eyes to measure your prescription and then test you without the drops. A final measurement report is giving to your surgeon so that he or she can assess the outcome of your report to determine if you are a good candidate for LASIK.

The doctor will take tests to determine the thickness of your dominant eye and your other eye. These tests help your doctor to determine if you qualify for LASIK surgery.

Intraocular pressure tests are other tests taking during the initial consultation. The doctor will observe the health of your corneal, tear film, and lens. A slit lamp instrument is used to perform these tests. The doctor uses the microscope or slit lamp to help him or her to determine the condition of your eye’s living tissues more carefully. Once the eye drops are giving and takes effect, your eye doctor will examine your retina, and the optic nerves of the eye to decide if you qualify for LASIK. The doctor will take some other special tests after.

Pupil Measurements

The doctor will measure your pupil size at great lengths. The doctor will need to measure the pupils carefully to determine if you have small or large pupils. The doctor will conduct two different tests, once in a dark room and once in a lighted room. Using a pupil meter instrument the doctor will determine the pupil size. The technician will use the instrument under an amplified light to help the tech to determine the pupil size and he will follow up by measuring the pupils in a dark room to determine if the pupils become larger in the dark. The doctor uses the printout of your assessment to plan the appropriate zone treatment for you during LASIK. The planning and measurement helps the doctor do his best to ensure you achieve quality results from LASIK.

Wavefront Aberrometry and Measurement

During the consultant phase wave front Aberrometry or refraction tests are taken to help the doctor determine your prescription. He will measure your eyes to determine if you have astigmatism, farsightedness, nearsightedness, or aberrations that affect your quality of night vision. The technician will search for imperfect visions, such as glaring, or eye conditions that produce halo vision effects.

If the doctor spots any of these conditions, he or she may choose other laser surgical procedures to correct your eyes. Sometimes the doctors will choose special software versions and lasers to correct these types of eye problems. The special lasers are known as “Custom Wavefront” which is a form of LASIK surgery. The advanced technology solutions can help the doctor ensure that you get quality results from LASIK.


 
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