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The first step in determining if you are a candidate for LASIK is Dr. Cabler's Complimentary consultation. Actually, this consultation which lasts 45 minutes to an hour should more appropriately be considered an initial examination. In addition to talking personally with Dr. Cabler about your individual concerns, you will undergo several tests.
These tests include:
- Visual Acuity: Use of the standard eye chart to determine your vision.
- Topography: A four-color mapping of your cornea to determine its exact shape
- Pachymetry: To determine if your cornea is thick enough for LASIK
- Scotopic pupils: To determine how much your pupils enlarge in the dark. (This is an indicator as to whether you might experience nighttime vision concerns.)
Dr. Cabler and his staff invest this additional time in the free consultation to be able to inform you if you are a LASIK candidate, AND, as importantly, what your reasonable vision expectation should be if you have the surgery. Simply having a refractive error --- nearsightedness, farsightedness, and/or astigmatism - is not the sole indicator for LASIK. Your personal lifestyle considerations and expectations are critical determinants that Dr. Cabler seeks to address during this free consultation.
For individuals wearing contacts, it is not necessary that you be out of your contacts to have your free consultation. However, because the use of contact lenses directly affects the shape and hydration of the cornea, if you decide to proceed you will have stop using your contacts prior to LASIK surgery.
The general time frames for discontinuing contact lenses use are:
- Daily and disposable soft contact lenses: One week prior to pre-operative testing.
- Toric soft contact lenses: Up to three weeks prior to the pre-operative testing.
- Rigid contact lenses (gas permeable and standard hard lenses): Three weeks prior to the second pre-operative exam AND not reinserted.
The longer time for removal of rigid contact lenses is required because many patients experience fluctuating vision due to the progressive changes of the shape of their corneas. Most patients' vision stabilize according to the time frames listed above. However, if more time is necessary, Dr. Cabler will advise you.
Regardless of whether you wear contacts or use eyeglasses, you will likely have two more office visits if you want to continue the process. During the second visit, Dr. Cabler will continue a full medical eye exam including dilation - and his staff will recheck refraction and other measurements. During the third and final visit, Dr. Cabler will answer questions regarding informed consent, and may triple check selected measurements.
This attention to detail helps ensure that your LASIK surgery will be extremely precise and accurate.
Contact us to schedule your Complimentary LASIK Evaluation or for more information.