The most important piece of information that each patient wishes to know when he or she attends their first appointment is if they are suitable for the surgery.
This is what your pre-operative appointment focuses on and if the answer is yes then it will also determine which individually tailored laser surgery alternative is the best option for your eyes.
We appreciate that it is essential to provide you with advice, in order for you to make an informed decision. We begin this process at the pre-operative assessment where we will be able to tell you:
What is involved?
The initial pre-operative appointment will be conducted by one of our highly skilled Optometrists who will determine your suitability for the procedure.
The tests conducted by the Optometrists and technical staff at this stage use advanced diagnostic technological equipment. There is no or very low level discomfort involved in any of these tests.
- Auto-refraction and keratometry – this is a computerised assessment of spectacle prescription and eye shape
- Pupil assessment
- Corneal topography – this is a computerised assessment of the corneal contours allowing determination of suitability for laser refractive surgery
- Pachymetry – this is a computerised corneal thickness measurement allowing determination of suitability for laser refractive surgery
- Refraction/prescription measurement for both distance and near sightedness
- Eye movement and coordination assessment
- Slit lamp examination of the eye
- Eye drops that effect your ability to drive from the assessment may be required. It is advisable to bring a driver for the 2 hour duration of the appointment. In some instances the effects of these drops last for 24 hours.
After these tests and once suitability has been established an appointment can be scheduled with the surgeon.
Next step – Appointment with your Surgeon
If you are suitable for eye laser (refractive) surgery, and when you decide to progress in your vision freedom journey, the next step is an appointment with your surgeon.
This appointment involves:
- Discussion of procedure, benefits and risks
- Surgical plan being developed & discussed with you
We also understand that some patients may prefer to have both visits combined into one consultation, especially those travelling from interstate or overseas. If this is preferred, please advise our staff at the time of making your appointment.
Note: Depending on your script, it may be necessary to have a driver or transport to the initial appointment, as your pupils may need to be dilated. As this will blur your vision and prevent you from driving for a minimum of 24 hours, you will need to make suitable transport arrangements.
To arrange a Pre-operative Assessment or to speak to one of our friendly staff, please contact us on 1300 LASER VISION or online here.