Do you have an eye condition that needs to be treated with laser eye surgery? Any reputable eye specialist will ask you to come in for a consultation, or at least speak to you via the phone or skype to determine your suitability for the procedure.
You may not know what to expect from a consultation, so this guide will explain the various aspects that determine whether laser eye surgery will be good for you.
Your consultant will ask you to give a background of your medical history, particularly in relation to your vision. Any previous diagnosis, treatments or procedures should be discussed, as they could affect your ability to have laser eye surgery.
Any medical issues involving anaesthetic should also be disclosed, though it’s important to note that laser eye surgery is most often completed while the patient is awake.
You will have a number of tests during your consultation, which may include mapping and measuring your corneas, pupil dilation and refraction. Again this is to understand your eye issues fully and to offer the correct mode of surgery or treatment for your condition.
Risks and Benefits
An integral part of any consultation is to talk about the risks and benefits of the surgery. However, it’s also nice for a patient to see how laser eye surgery changes the lives of people in a positive way, regardless of your condition. Your consultant may show you testimonials and statistics and will happily answer any questions you may have about laser eye surgery.
A consultation is nothing to fear, and should put any potential laser eye surgery candidate’s mind at ease. It is designed to help you make an informed decision.