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What to Expect Before LASIK Surgery

September 16, 2013

Although it is exciting to imagine your optimum eyesight once the procedure has been completed, it is important to understand exactly what the LASIK procedure entails. Every person is unique, and has individualistic features that will ultimately affect their results. That is why it is crucial for each patient to schedule a comprehensive pre-operative appointment to assess whether or not they are a good candidate for the LASIK procedure. While you may have had an assessment appointment with another eye care professional, Clearview Institute requires a pre-op appointment at the clinic to determine what your options are.

Upon scheduling your pre-op appointment, you will want to take the appropriate amount of time off of work. Pre-operative assessments can take anywhere from 2 to 3 hours to complete. During the exam, your eyes will be dilated. Keep in mind that dilation drops will increase your sensitivity to the light for several hours following your appointment. Some patients chose to bring a driver with them.

Pre-Operative Appointment Day

As you arrive for your pre-operative appointment at the Clearview Institute you will be promptly greeted by a friendly receptionist. You will then be asked to complete a patient history sheet which gathers information on your general health, visual health, medications, allergies, and other specific medical issues that you may have.

You will then be taken into the evaluation room where you will undergo a combination of painless tests. Once all of the tests have been completed, one of our experienced optometrists will carefully review the information and perform a comprehensive eye exam. They will then meet with you to discuss your potential candidacy for the LASIK procedure. Depending on your situation and results, they may discuss some alternative treatments as well.

Once both you and the doctor have made a decision on the appropriate treatment, you will meet with a patient consultant to discuss any questions that you may have regarding the procedure. Not only will you be able to discuss the surgery, but your payment options as well. The patient consultant will then schedule your appointment for the procedure. Finally, you will leave the clinic with a detailed patient information package outlining everything that was discussed.

Details to Remember

  • Bring your sunglasses: Dilated eyes have an increased sensitivity to the sunlight. Wearing your sunglasses will make you more comfortable in bright conditions.
  • Arrange for a driver: You may also want to arrange for someone to drive you home after the appointment as many people find it hard to drive with their eyes dilated.

The receptionists, patient consultants, and surgeons at the Clearview Institute are extremely experienced in arranging and performing LASIK procedures. We are excited to help you on your path to clearer vision.