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Thinking about your laser vision procedure options can be overwhelming, but at Providence Eye & Laser Specialists, patient care is a priority, and we want you to be as comfortable and knowledgeable as possible. Before your procedure, you will have an evaluation with Dr. Nunnery, and he will be able to outline the recommended steps for your procedure.

Watch the video below to find out what to expect from your evaluation with Dr. Nunnery, learn more about which procedure and lens might be right for you and figure out what to consider when making your decision.

Let’s talk about what will take place today during your evaluation with Dr. Nunnery. We can break your evaluation into three components.

Evaluate the overall health of your eye

Evaluate the overall health of your eye, including the retina, cornea and optic nerve, specifically your lens. Is it cloudy? How cloudy is it? Is the cataract interfering with your daily activities?

Assess your vision today compared to previous years

Assess your vision today and how it has been changing over the past couple of years

Discuss which procedure & lens is right for you

Dr. Nunnery will discuss with you your lifestyle, needs and desires and then, based on his experience and knowledge of the lens available, he will make a recommendation and explain why he feels this recommendation is right for you.

You will need to make medical, lifestyle and financial decisions during this process. Replacing your natural lens with an artificial, intraocular lens is a delicate process, and Dr. Nunnery leaves nothing to chance when it comes to technology. There have been significant advancements in this area over the past 10 years. You and Dr. Nunnery will make multiple decisions about your procedure to ensure you have proper expectations.

Decision 1: Traditional or Laser Assisted procedure?

Your first decision will be manual, traditional surgery or laser-assisted? The first step to replacing your lens is gaining access to and removing the natural lens. This can be done manually using handheld surgical instruments or it can be laser-assisted.

The introduction of laser-assisted cataract surgery in 2011 quickly made this already common procedure more gentle, accurate and predictable than ever before.

There will be some cases when Dr. Nunnery will require you to select laser-assisted for safety and outcome reasons, but there are many occasions that you will be able to make this decision based on your priorities, both medical and financial.

Decision 2: Will the ORA System with VerifEye+ Technology be beneficial?

Will verification utilizing the ORA System with VerifEye+ Technology be beneficial to you? If you’ve had previous refractive surgeries such as LASIK or PRK, or require astigmatism correction, Dr. Nunnery will strongly encourage you to select ORA. The ORA System will enable Dr. Nunnery to capture power measurements of your eye before inserting the lens and, if necessary, he can make a real-time modification to improve your outcome.

Decision 3: Which replacement lens to select?

Third, selecting a replacement lens or IOL that will meet your expectations. There are many options for the IOL, and it is important to understand the differences in what your vision will be with a specific lens.

Some IOLs will provide clear vision at one distance only called a monofocal lens. There are also several IOLs commonly referred to as advanced or lifestyle lenses and provide great vision at near, mid and far away distances. You and Dr. Nunnery will determine the appropriate lens during your evaluation.

When you make all of these decisions, you will need to consider your medical, lifestyle and financial priorities.

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