What to Expect – LASIK Consultation

Now that you’ve scheduled your complimentary* LASIK consultation with Providence Eye & Laser Specialists, what can you expect when you first visit us? Although each patient’s visit is specifically tailored to his or her needs, history and expectations, you can expect the most thorough eye exam you have ever had. You will be able to ask questions so that you can gain complete trust in our staff. Your eyes will also likely be dilated. You will be at our office approximately 2 to 2.5 hours depending on your personal situation.

You’ll enter our pristine, calm and welcoming reception area where you will be greeted by our team. We ask that you bring your completed Patient Registration Form and will be asked to fill one out if you have not done so already. By completing these forms in advance it will save you a significant amount of time at our office for your consultation. We do not overbook our schedule, so your consult should begin within 5-15 minutes of your arrival.

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 – 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. 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 another 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.

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.

Exam Room

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:

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

These are all non-invasive procedures, and nothing we do here will hurt!

Eye exam for lasik 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 ophtalmic technicians will measure your vision this way first, and then our doctors will recheck it after your eyes are dilated. All candidates will have their prescription checked by a computer, manually by the technician, and again manually by the doctor.

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 a 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.

After our ophthalmic technicians have completed their tests, your eyes are dilated and you have watched the video, you will be brought back to an exam room to meet with Dr. Mozayeni. Sometimes you will see one of our optometrists, Dr. Mills or Dr. Engle first.

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. 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. He will also answer any questions you may have about your eyes, laser vision correction or his professional experience.

As mentioned, this will be the most comprehensive eye exam you have ever had. At the end of the consultation you can expect Dr. Mozayeni to have done one of the following:

  • Recommend OptiLASIK.
  • Recommend another laser vision correction procedure, called PRK.
  • 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 to wait 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 surgery, 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, that 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 eye 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.