If you would like a laser eye surgery to be done on you, then your first step before the procedure is carried out is visiting a doctor for consultation. You need to pay your doctor a visit for them to ascertain your candidacy for the laser eye surgery. Scheduling a laser eye consultation with the doctor is necessary for the doctor to determine which laser eye surgery is appropriate for your needs.
What to expect when you visit the doctor.
Once you are in that private room with your doctor, the doctor inquiries on a couple of things. Such things include the reasons as to why you need the laser eye surgery, your expectations after the surgery is done, your use of eye contacts or glasses and your general health history. This is how they determine whether you are an ideal candidate for the surgery.
What to expect during the examination
In this stage, the doctors carry a couple of tests. These studies will involve examining your cornea and pupil in detail and measure the strength of your contact lenses (focimetry). He will measure the thickness of your cornea, curvature, and its topography. The doctor will measure the size of the pupil in different conditions such as when there is low light and when it is dark. This is what is referred to as infrared pupillometry. The tonometer is another test done which involves the doctor measuring your eye pressure. The doctor also measures eye refraction and visual acuity to measure the ability of your eyes to see details at a far and near distance. A contrast and color vision test is also important in the examination. To check for dry eyes, a tear-film test is carried to determine the quantity and quality of tear fluid. To check which one of your eyes is dominant or stronger, an eye dominance test is carried. An in-depth examination of the eye back is also carried out so that the doctor may find out whether you have the important eye diseases. These are just some tests that are carried out during the examination stage.
What to expect after a comprehensive examination has been carried out
This is where a patient counselor session comes in. The doctor discusses the results with you in detail and recommends the most appropriate vision correction procedure for you. In detail, they explain to you the different types of laser surgeries available and advise you on the one that fits your needs according to the results obtained. The most recommended procedures are LASIK and PRK, your doctor selects the most appropriate for you. He will also advise you on what kind of preparation you need before the surgery is done.