There are many steps that need to be taken before we can determine if LASIK or PRK is the ideal procedure for you. The first step is the diagnostic testing. We will measure your corneas with an Orbscan, and map the surface of your eyes with a topographer. A Pentacam examination is performed, depending on certain findings. Your glasses are read with a lensometer, and the autorefractor reads your refraction. Your aberrometer readings undilated are taken to determine if Wavefront (custom ablation) would be beneficial. After a few questions about your general health and your ocular history, you’re on to the next step.
Once we have the results of the diagnostic testing you move on to see an optometrist or a certified ophthalmic technologist.They will refract you before and after your eyes are dilated. Dilation is important as we need to ensure that your eyes are healthy from front to back. The technician will then review these results with you during your post-dilated examination. If necessary, further measurements will be taken.
After the final refractive exam our medical staff will know whether you are a candidate for LASIK or PRK, or if other options are better for you. A previously undiagnosed eye condition, thin corneas, or unrealistic expectations may eliminate you as a candidate, or may require an additional procedure like corneal cross linking.
Your pre-op exam will take between 1.5 – 2 hours. This may seem excessive, but bear in mind we’re being thorough and cautious. This is for your benefit.