One of the most important steps of LASIK surgery is the screening process that takes place prior to the surgical appointment. The LASIK screening, or evaluation, is performed to determine if the patient is a suitable candidate for the surgery. Certain patients, including those with large pupils and high degrees of refractive error, are at an increased risk of developing LASIK complications; others experience unsatisfactory results. If this is the case, the surgeon will provide the patient with alternative treatment options. At the San Diego practice of optometrist Gordon Wong, we perform the appropriate tests to determine if patients are good candidates for LASIK surgery.
To be considered a good candidate for LASIK surgery, patients must meet the following basic and medical requirements:
When patients visit our office for a LASIK evaluation, they can expect to have a conversation with our medical team regarding their health and vision problems. They will also undergo a series of eye tests.
During the appointment, patients should be prepared to discuss their medical history. This will include a discussion on their general health and vision health. They should inform our staff of any conditions or diseases they are aware of, and bring a comprehensive list of medications they have taken in the past two years.
Our staff will perform a range of tests to check the health of the eyes and determine the degree of refractive error.
If a patient is not a good candidate for LASIK, we will recommend alternative options. Another type of laser eye surgery, PRK, can often be performed on patients who are not good candidates for LASIK. Other options include designer eyeglasses or contact lenses.
To schedule a LASIK screening at GW Eye Associates Inc, contact our practice today.