During the pre-LASIK eye exam, our physicians analyze the current state of the patient’s vision, check for irregularities in the eye, and evaluate the patient’s candidacy for LASIK surgery. The LASIK eye exam appointment is an opportunity for patients to learn more about the procedure and raise any questions or concerns. There are several factors to consider when determining whether LASIK surgery is an appropriate treatment option for patients.
Why Pre-LASIK Eye Exams are Important
Before you can safely undergo LASIK surgery, your eyes need to be examined by a qualified LASIK professional. This exam helps your doctor determine whether or not LASIK surgery is the right laser vision correction procedure for you. Without a pre-LASIK eye exam, a patient may not know whether or not they should receive LASIK.
Corneal Topography Test
One of the first parts of the LASIK eye exam at our Long Island practice is the corneal topography test, which measures the shape of the corneas. Our experienced physicians use WaveFront™ technology to “map” the cornea and gain a full understanding of the patient’s eye. This tool can identify any irregularities that may exclude a patient from undergoing LASIK. In addition, the data collected during this test will be used to guide the excimer laser used to reshape the cornea during the LASIK procedure.
Like the corneal topography test, the pachymetry test is used to gather information about the cornea, which will determine a patient’s eligibility for the LASIK procedure. This test specifically measures the thickness of the cornea. Individuals with particularly thin corneas may experience better results with advanced surface ablation or iLASIK than with traditional LASIK.
Our doctors may also measure tear production and quality during the pre-LASIK eye exam. In many cases, patients who suffer from dry eye syndrome – a condition in which the eyes do not procedure enough tears – see a flare in the condition as a side effect after LASIK surgery. By analyzing the tears before laser vision correction, our physicians can identify and treat the condition prior to surgery to ensure quick, complication-free healing.
Evaluation of Medical History
During the LASIK eye exam, it is important for patients to be candid about their medical history, including past vision problems, current medications, and diseases such as diabetes. Individuals who have previously suffered eye infections or trauma to the eye may require special accommodations in order for the LASIK procedure to be successful. During this evaluation, patients are encouraged to ask questions about their candidacy for LASIK surgery, as well as bring up any concerns they might have about the procedure.
SightMD provides a wide range of care to patients all over Long Island. If you are searching for an eye care practice that specializes in healthy eyes before and after LASIK, contact SightMD to schedule an appointment today.