Consultation

So what should you expect during a LASIK consultation at Providence Eye?  Although each patient’s visit is specifically tailored to his or her needs, you can expect the most thorough eye exam you have ever had. Please plan to be in our office 2 to 2.5 hours. Your eyes will be dilated, so expect some light sensitivity and a little trouble reading; you should be fine to drive on this day. Bring your contact box, glasses and all of your questions. Our entire team will answer any and all questions you have.

You will begin by entering our pristine, calm and welcoming reception area where you will be greeted by our team. We ask that you complete the online registration process PRIOR to arriving in our office. This will allow us to see you at your scheduled time. We do not overbook our schedule, so your consult should begin within 5-15 minutes of your arrival if your online registration is complete.

Diagnostic Area

One of our ophthalmic technicians will escort you to our diagnostic room where we will conduct 3 tests, which will take approximately 5 to 7 minutes:

  • If you wear glasses, we measure the prescription in your glasses with a machine called a lensometer. Even if your glasses prescription is old, that information is valuable in determining the stability of your prescription over time.
  • Next, we use a camera called a Pentacam® to create a map of your corneas. This tells us all about the shape, structure and thickness of your corneas, but without touching your eye at all. The pentacam will take 25,000 pictures of your cornea in a matter of seconds! We are able to store these photos in our electronic medical records so we will always have a history of what your corneas look like.
  • Finally, we use a device called an AutoRefractor to obtain an estimate of your vision. The technician will compare the measurement from this machine with that measured in your glasses. This gives the ophthalmic technician an idea of where to start when measuring your vision in the next room.
Exam Room

Once these diagnostic procedures are completed, we will move you to an exam room. This is where you will spend most of your consultation visit with us. First, we thoroughly review your medical history, including your medications, allergies, family history and your record of glasses and contact lens wear.

We check your vision with and without your glasses and perform several other tests to determine your:

  • Peripheral vision
  • Pupil reaction
  • Eye dominance
  • Tear production

These are all non-invasive procedures, and nothing we do here will cause any discomfort!

Most important is measuring your vision with a device called a phoropter. Although you may not recognize it by name, this is the machine you look through while we change the lenses and ask, “Which looks better, one or two?” One of our ophthalmic technicians will measure your vision this way first, and then our doctors will recheck it after your eyes are dilated. All patients will have their prescription checked by a computer, manually by the technician, and again manually by the doctor. That is just how thorough we are!

Next we check the internal pressure of your eyes. We do this by using a special yellow numbing drop. We do not use an air puff device. This test is important to determine whether you may have or are prone to glaucoma.

After this test, we will put in drops to dilate your eyes. These drops take about 20 minutes to take effect, so we will move you back to the comfort of our reception area where you will watch our patient education video on an iPad while the dilation takes effect. This video will introduce you to our doctors, and tell you a little more about Providence Eye & Laser Specialists and the LASIK procedure itself.

Time to Meet the Doctor

Drs. Mills, Engle and/or Dr. Mozayeni will examine your eyes to make sure everything is healthy – this includes the cornea, lens, retina and the optic nerve. When Dr. Mozayeni meets you, he will want to know a little bit about you personally and professionally. This allows him to make vision recommendations that work for all aspects of your life. Finally, Dr. Mozayeni will look at all of this information, and all of the information compiled by the ophthalmic technicians and Drs. Mills or Engle, and discuss his findings with you. This is when he hopefully tells you that you are a great LASIK candidate. However, if there are any indicators that you would not have an optimal outcome, he will be the first one to tell you that you are not a candidate. Being told you are not an ideal candidate is very disappointing and sometimes confusing. Due to our attention to detail, Dr. Mozayeni’s experience and our technology, we are extremely confident that if we say you are not a candidate, you really aren't.

However, if another practice has a less experienced surgeon and/or older technology, they may say you are not a candidate; but at Providence Eye you could be. You will likely have several questions. Dr. Mozayeni will take as much time with you as you like to answer all of your questions.

As mentioned, this will be the most comprehensive eye exam you have ever had.

Dr. Mozayeni's Recommendation

At the end of the consultation, you can expect Dr. Mozayeni to have done one of the following:

  • Recommend OptiLASIK All laser LASIK
  • Recommend another laser vision correction procedure, called PRK All Laser No Flap LASIK
  • Explain to you that you are not a candidate for any laser vision correction and why
  • Explain that another form of non-laser vision correction is best for you
  • Recommend waiting for technology that would be better for you
  • Ask you to take some measure and come back for a follow up visit

When you have finished with Dr. Mozayeni, you can meet with one of our team members to discuss scheduling your LASIK procedure. You can have surgery that very same week if you would like! We can also assist you with financing and/or scheduling a requested follow-up appointment. We will also discuss with you what to expect before and after LASIK surgery.

We are confident that no matter what the outcome of your consultation is, you will understand your eyes, your vision correction options and your financial options before you leave our office.

*Consultation is not complimentary if you have had any previous vision correction surgery, are likely to have any condition that might disqualify you as a candidate, or have had a previous consultation with us. If you have general medical insurance we do participate with, your consultation may be covered by this plan.

Diagnostic Area

One of our ophthalmic technicians will escort you to our diagnostic room where we will conduct 3 tests, which will take approximately 5 to 7 minutes:

  • If you wear glasses, we measure the prescription in your glasses with a machine called a lensometer. Even if your glasses prescription is old, that information is valuable in determining the stability of your prescription over time.
  • Next, we use a camera called a Pentacam® to create a map of your corneas. This tells us all about the shape, structure and thickness of your corneas, but without touching your eye at all. The pentacam will take 25,000 pictures of your cornea in a matter of seconds! We are able to store these photos in our electronic medical records so we will always have a history of what your corneas look like.
  • Finally, we use a device called an AutoRefractor to obtain an estimate of your vision. The technician will compare the measurement from this machine with that measured in your glasses. This gives the ophthalmic technician an idea of where to start when measuring your vision in the next room.

Exam Room

Once these diagnostic procedures are completed, we will move you to an exam room. This is where you will spend most of your consultation visit with us. First, we thoroughly review your medical history, including your medications, allergies, family history and your record of glasses and contact lens wear.

We check your vision with and without your glasses and perform several other tests to determine your:

  • Peripheral vision
  • Pupil reaction
  • Eye dominance
  • Tear production

These are all non-invasive procedures, and nothing we do here will cause any discomfort!

Most important is measuring your vision with a device called a phoropter. Although you may not recognize it by name, this is the machine you look through while we change the lenses and ask, “Which looks better, one or two?” One of our ophthalmic technicians will measure your vision this way first, and then our doctors will recheck it after your eyes are dilated. All patients will have their prescription checked by a computer, manually by the technician, and again manually by the doctor. That is just how thorough we are!

Next we check the internal pressure of your eyes. We do this by using a special yellow numbing drop. We do not use an air puff device. This test is important to determine whether you may have or are prone to glaucoma.

After this test, we will put in drops to dilate your eyes. These drops take about 20 minutes to take effect, so we will move you back to the comfort of our reception area where you will watch our patient education video on an iPad while the dilation takes effect. This video will introduce you to our doctors, and tell you a little more about Providence Eye & Laser Specialists and the LASIK procedure itself.

Time to Meet the Doctor

Drs. Mills, Engle and/or Dr. Mozayeni will examine your eyes to make sure everything is healthy – this includes the cornea, lens, retina and the optic nerve. When Dr. Mozayeni meets you, he will want to know a little bit about you personally and professionally. This allows him to make vision recommendations that work for all aspects of your life. Finally, Dr. Mozayeni will look at all of this information, and all of the information compiled by the ophthalmic technicians and Drs. Mills or Engle, and discuss his findings with you. This is when he hopefully tells you that you are a great LASIK candidate. However, if there are any indicators that you would not have an optimal outcome, he will be the first one to tell you that you are not a candidate. Being told you are not an ideal candidate is very disappointing and sometimes confusing. Due to our attention to detail, Dr. Mozayeni’s experience and our technology, we are extremely confident that if we say you are not a candidate, you really aren't.

However, if another practice has a less experienced surgeon and/or older technology, they may say you are not a candidate; but at Providence Eye you could be. You will likely have several questions. Dr. Mozayeni will take as much time with you as you like to answer all of your questions.

As mentioned, this will be the most comprehensive eye exam you have ever had.

Dr. Mozayeni's Recommendation

At the end of the consultation, you can expect Dr. Mozayeni to have done one of the following:

  • Recommend OptiLASIK All laser LASIK
  • Recommend another laser vision correction procedure, called PRK All Laser No Flap LASIK
  • Explain to you that you are not a candidate for any laser vision correction and why
  • Explain that another form of non-laser vision correction is best for you
  • Recommend waiting for technology that would be better for you
  • Ask you to take some measure and come back for a follow up visit

When you have finished with Dr. Mozayeni, you can meet with one of our team members to discuss scheduling your LASIK procedure. You can have surgery that very same week if you would like! We can also assist you with financing and/or scheduling a requested follow-up appointment. We will also discuss with you what to expect before and after LASIK surgery.

We are confident that no matter what the outcome of your consultation is, you will understand your eyes, your vision correction options and your financial options before you leave our office.

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