The decision to undergo laser vision correction surgery is a big one. The LASIK surgery doctors at our SightMD facilities understand your feelings completely. That’s why our skilled doctors always make an extra effort to reassure their laser eye surgery patients by providing them with full, step-by-step information about their procedures.
Our highly trained doctors have also made sure that every staff member at SightMD is a knowledgeable professional who focuses on giving each patient warm, personal care so that each patient can attain excellent vision correction in a completely comfortable environment. Whether you have advanced surface ablation or LASIK performed by our eye surgeons, you are assured of a truly exceptional laser eye surgery experience.
The First Step
You are thinking of taking the first step to exceptional vision correction, by contacting SightMD for a free consultation. When you arrive for your LASIK surgery consultation, a member of our gracious staff will welcome you and notify the doctor of your arrival.
Your doctor will greet you warmly and make sure that you are comfortable. Then he will ask you about your medical history and your goals for laser eye surgery. He will thoroughly explain the risks involved and the benefits you can expect from your laser correction surgery.
Next, after answering any questions you have, your doctor will have you accompany a member of his professional staff for a corneal topography test and a pachymetry test (the LASIK eye exam). The corneal topography test measures the shape of your corneas, and the pachymetry test measures corneal thickness.
Analyzing the Corneal Topography and Pachymetry Tests
After the tests are finished, you’ll return to your doctor’s office, and he will examine your test results. If the corneal topography and pachymetry tests show that your eyes meet the standards for LASIK, your doctor will explain the LASIK procedure to you and answer any questions you have about it.
If your corneas don’t have the required shape or thickness for optimal LASIK results, your doctor may recommend the advanced surface ablation (or, photorefractive keratectomy – PRK) procedure and explain it thoroughly. Surface ablation is safer for certain patients with a strong prescription, thin corneas, or mild corneal irregularity.
Your doctor will explain that, although recovery from surface ablation takes a little longer than from LASIK, vision correction results after one month are the same as those of LASIK. If your eyes are better suited to advanced surface ablation, it may help to know that, nationally, 30 percent of all laser vision correction patients have surface ablation. Your SightMD doctor will always put your safety first when making any recommendations because your eyes and vision are so important.