LASIK Consultation

What should I expect during my LASIK consultation at Providence Eye?

Although each patient’s visit is specifically tailored to his or her needs, there are a few details you should be aware of to be prepared:

  • This will be the most thorough eye exam you have ever had!
  • Please plan to be in our office for 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 glasses and your contact boxes.
  • Prepare a list of questions. Our entire team will answer any and all questions you have.

You will begin your LASIK consultation 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. Click through the different stages of the consultation below to get an idea of how our LASIK consultation goes.

Diagnostic Area

To start your LASIK consultation, one of our ophthalmic technicians will escort you to our diagnostic area where we will conduct 4 tests, which will take approximately 5 to 10 minutes:

  • The Lensometer will measure the prescription in your glasses. Even if your glasses prescription is old, that information is valuable in determining the stability of your prescription over time.
  • The Pentacam® creates a map of your corneas. This tells us all about the shape, structure and thickness of your corneas, and it will do this without touching your eye. The Pentacam will take 25,000 pictures of your cornea in a matter of seconds!
  • Wavelight® Topolyzer VARIO Diagnostic Device (VARIO). The VARIO measures extremely detailed aspects of your corneal topography, essentially, the “peaks and valleys” on the surface. The VARIO gives us the ability to treat your eyes based on your unique topography. Don’t worry, there are no flashes of light or air puffs! This data will be used by Dr. Mozayeni to determine if you are a candidate for Contour Topography Guided LASIK. The VARIO also photographs the iris, which is the colored part of your eye. The photos of your iris are used for “Iris Registration,” which allows the laser to track your eye position during surgery with extreme accuracy.
  • AutoRefractor obtains 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.
Screening Room

Directly next to the testing area are our screening rooms. Once these diagnostic tests are completed, we will move you to a screening room. In the screening room we will do the following:

  • We start by thoroughly reviewing your medical history, including your medications, allergies, family history and your record of glasses and contact lens wear.
  • Your vision will be checked with and without your glasses.
  • We will conducts tests to measure your peripheral vision, pupil reaction, eye dominance, and tear production.
  • The internal pressure of your eye will be measured using a special yellow numbing drop. No puffs of air! This test is important to determine whether you may have or are prone to glaucoma.

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

Double and Triple Checking Your Vision

Initially we will measure your vision with 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?”. An ophthalmic technician will do this. Our doctors will recheck your vision after your eyes are dilated. During a LASIK consultation, all patients will have their prescription checked:

  • by a computer,
  • manually by the technician,
  • and manually by the doctor.

That is just how thorough we are!

After this point in the LASIK consultation, 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 doctor, and tell you a little more about Providence Eye & Laser Specialists and the LASIK procedure itself.

Meet the Doctor

All LASIK consultation at Providence Eye are conducted by our founder and LASIK surgeon, Dr. Mozayeni. Dr. Mozayeni will examine your eyes to make sure everything is healthy – this includes the following:

  • Cornea
  • Lens
  • Retina
  • Optic nerve

When Dr. Mozayeni meets you during your LASIK consultation, he will want to know a little bit about you, both 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, as well as that compiled by the ophthalmic technicians, 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.

You will likely have several questions, and Dr. Mozayeni will take as much time with you as you like to answer all of them during your LASIK consultation.

This will be the most comprehensive eye exam you have ever had.

Dr. Mozayeni's Recommendation

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

  • Recommend All-laser LASIK
  • Recommend PRK All-Laser No-Flap LASIK
  • Explain to you why you are not a candidate for any laser vision correction
  • 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 your LASIK consultation with Dr. Mozayeni, you will meet with one of our team members to review pricing, payment, and financing options, what to expect before and after LASIK surgery and potentially schedule your LASIK procedure. However, you will never be pressured! This is a very important personal decision. We are here to educate you and answer all of your questions. You can have surgery that very same week if you would like or your consultation will be good for a minimum of six months. 

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

*LASIK 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

To start your LASIK consultation, one of our ophthalmic technicians will escort you to our diagnostic area where we will conduct 4 tests, which will take approximately 5 to 10 minutes:

  • The Lensometer will measure the prescription in your glasses. Even if your glasses prescription is old, that information is valuable in determining the stability of your prescription over time.
  • The Pentacam® creates a map of your corneas. This tells us all about the shape, structure and thickness of your corneas, and it will do this without touching your eye. The Pentacam will take 25,000 pictures of your cornea in a matter of seconds!
  • Wavelight® Topolyzer VARIO Diagnostic Device (VARIO). The VARIO measures extremely detailed aspects of your corneal topography, essentially, the “peaks and valleys” on the surface. The VARIO gives us the ability to treat your eyes based on your unique topography. Don’t worry, there are no flashes of light or air puffs! This data will be used by Dr. Mozayeni to determine if you are a candidate for Contour Topography Guided LASIK. The VARIO also photographs the iris, which is the colored part of your eye. The photos of your iris are used for “Iris Registration,” which allows the laser to track your eye position during surgery with extreme accuracy.
  • AutoRefractor obtains 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.

Screening Room

Directly next to the testing area are our screening rooms. Once these diagnostic tests are completed, we will move you to a screening room. In the screening room we will do the following:

  • We start by thoroughly reviewing your medical history, including your medications, allergies, family history and your record of glasses and contact lens wear.
  • Your vision will be checked with and without your glasses.
  • We will conducts tests to measure your peripheral vision, pupil reaction, eye dominance, and tear production.
  • The internal pressure of your eye will be measured using a special yellow numbing drop. No puffs of air! This test is important to determine whether you may have or are prone to glaucoma.

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

Double and Triple Checking Your Vision

Initially we will measure your vision with 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?”. An ophthalmic technician will do this. Our doctors will recheck your vision after your eyes are dilated. During a LASIK consultation, all patients will have their prescription checked:

  • by a computer,
  • manually by the technician,
  • and manually by the doctor.

That is just how thorough we are!

After this point in the LASIK consultation, 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 doctor, and tell you a little more about Providence Eye & Laser Specialists and the LASIK procedure itself.

Meet the Doctor

All LASIK consultation at Providence Eye are conducted by our founder and LASIK surgeon, Dr. Mozayeni. Dr. Mozayeni will examine your eyes to make sure everything is healthy – this includes the following:

  • Cornea
  • Lens
  • Retina
  • Optic nerve

When Dr. Mozayeni meets you during your LASIK consultation, he will want to know a little bit about you, both 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, as well as that compiled by the ophthalmic technicians, 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.

You will likely have several questions, and Dr. Mozayeni will take as much time with you as you like to answer all of them during your LASIK consultation.

This will be the most comprehensive eye exam you have ever had.

Dr. Mozayeni's Recommendation

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

  • Recommend All-laser LASIK
  • Recommend PRK All-Laser No-Flap LASIK
  • Explain to you why you are not a candidate for any laser vision correction
  • 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 your LASIK consultation with Dr. Mozayeni, you will meet with one of our team members to review pricing, payment, and financing options, what to expect before and after LASIK surgery and potentially schedule your LASIK procedure. However, you will never be pressured! This is a very important personal decision. We are here to educate you and answer all of your questions. You can have surgery that very same week if you would like or your consultation will be good for a minimum of six months. 

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