The primary objective of the assessment is to determine whether you are a candidate for laser vision correction, and if so, which procedure is most appropriate for you.
The decision to have Lasik surgery is an important one that ultimately only you can make for yourself. It is important that you have realistic expectations and that your decision is based on facts, not hopes or misconceptions.
To decide whether you’re a good candidate for LASIK, one of our eye specialists will perform a thorough eye examination and some specialized tests will have to be performed to determine if your eyes are healthy enough for the procedure, what kind of vision correction you need and how much laser ablation is required.
You should not wear any soft contact lenses for at least seven days prior to these tests. If you wear RGP or hard contact lenses, these should not be worn for three weeks prior to these tests. Wearing contact lenses causes swelling of the cornea, which will result in inaccurate measurements and test results. Contact lenses should also be removed for 1 to 3 weeks before surgery.
Naturally, your doctor will fully educate you on the laser vision correction method that will be applied, because it is critical that you are informed about the procedure, the expected results, its risks and the recovery process prior to the laser procedure.
Your eye specialist will also look for signs of dry eye disease, which must be treated and cleared up before LASIK can be performed. Even if your eyes have a normal tear film, your eye surgeon as a precaution may recommend treatment to reduce your risk of developing dry eyes after LASIK.
A corneal topographer is used to measure the curvature of your eye and create a kind of “map” of your cornea. You are also likely to undergo a wave front analysis that sends light waves through the eye to provide an even more precise map of aberrations affecting your vision. Finally, the doctor will ask you about any health problems you have or any medications that you take. You should declare all medications you are on, whether eye drops or otherwise, to the doctor. Some health conditions will disqualify you altogether for LASIK, but others may just postpone the procedure until a later date.
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