Your First Visit with a Laser Eye Surgery Specialist

If you’re interested in the possibility of LASIK, there are several steps to go through before the surgery can be performed.

Read on to learn more about how you can help your laser eye surgeon determine if you’re a good candidate for LASIK, and what to expect during your first visit with the surgeon:

What You Can Do

Before you see a laser eye surgeon, fill out Boston Laser’s self-assessment form. Although this test cannot conclusively determine that you can or should undergo LASIK, it can help Boston Laser definitively conclude that you are not an appropriate candidate. Certain lifestyle choices—such as playing contact sports on a regular basis—are not compatible with LASIK, and questions about these choices are included in the self-evaluation.

Meeting with the Ophthalmologist

If your self-evaluation indicates that you’re potentially a good candidate for LASIK, the next step is to meet with an ophthalmologist. This preoperative visit is necessary because even though you may be an excellent candidate for LASIK on the surface, it’s possible that you have complicating factors that you’re not aware of.

What the Ophthalmologist Will Test for

Your ophthalmologist needs to know how long you’ve worn glasses or contact lenses and for what reason; it’s a good idea to get a copy of your regular ophthalmologist’s records for reference. The ophthalmologist will also need to test your eyes to see if they’re unusually dry, as well as dilate your pupils to ensure that your retinas are healthy. The size of your pupils will also be noted. Once the doctor has measured how thick your corneas are, you will undergo a regular eye exam to find out what your current prescription should be.

While glasses and contacts are effective methods of vision correction, nothing beats being able to see clearly with your own eyes. If you’re interested in getting rid of your contacts and trying LASIK, then you should contact Boston Laser. To learn more about our available eye correction options, call (617) 566-0062 or visit us online today.