LASIK Eye Surgery Procedure: Dilated Eye Consultation

It might be tempting to have same day LASIK eye surgery as your LASIK consultation, especially if your LASIK surgeon is pressuring you or offering unbeatable financial incentives. But be careful! It is medically inappropriate and unsafe for you to have a same day LASIK surgery procedure as your consultation.

Eye Dilation & Your LASIK Eye Surgery Procedure

This is why same day LASIK is never a good idea. Although having your eyes dilated can be a bit of an annoyance, it is mission critical and the standard of care when it comes to properly evaluating you for any laser vision correction surgery. Your eyes should definitely be dilated during your LASIK consultation which should always happen on a different day from your LASIK eye surgery procedure.

Eye Dilation Rules Out Same Day LASIK 

There are three primary reasons why having your eyes dilated on a different day from your LASIK surgery procedure is so important:

  1. Confirm Stability – Your vision has to be stable before you have a LASIK eye surgery procedure or your LASIK surgery will “not last.” Did you know that when you are NOT dilated and your eye doctor asks you, “What is better 1 or 2, 2 or 3?”, that your eyes and brain can actually compensate, and you are unintentionally giving your doctor inaccurate information? But when your eyes are dilated, it is virtually impossible to compensate, so the measurement of your prescription is more accurate. This test for vision stability is particularly important for patients in their 20’s, and it is why a same day LASIK eye surgery could produce a less than optimal result if your eyes have not been dilated.
  2. Evaluate general eye health, especially the retina – Determining if you are a good LASIK eye surgery procedure candidate is not just about your vision. There are some eye conditions that can actually get worse after LASIK if they are not identified. By dilating your eyes during your comprehensive LASIK consultation, Dr. Mozayeni is evaluating the health of the back of your eye, specifically your retina. He is looking for any slight tears in the retina that often times do not give you any symptoms.  If you have LASIK and have any retina problems, you could have significant complications. This is why dilating your eyes during a LASIK consultation on a separate day from your LASIK eye surgery procedure is mission critical.
  3. Determining cataract progression - If you were to have same day LASIK eye surgery, a doctor would not be properly dilating the eyes to assess cataract progression. If you have cataracts that have progressed to a certain point, LASIK results could be very short lived.

Bottom line, best to put up with the slight annoyance of dilated eyes to ensure that you are in fact an ideal LASIK surgery candidate who will have a long-lasting result than to rush and have LASIK surgery on the same day as your undilated consultation.

To schedule a free LASIK consultation with Dr. Mozayeni, contact us today!