Here at Providence Eye & Laser Specialists, we always start with a blank slate, we never "assume" which procedure will be right for each patient. We know that one size does not fit all. For this reason, all of our patients are simultaneously being evaluated for LASIK, PRK or another LASIK alternative.
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:
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 you in a timely fashion. We do not overbook our schedule, so your LASIK consultation should begin within 5-15 minutes of your arrival if your online registration is complete. Below we have outlined the different stages of the consultation, so you can get an idea of how your consultation goes.
To start your LASIK consultation, one of our certified ophthalmic technicians will escort you to our diagnostic area where we will conduct 4 tests, which will take approximately 5 to 10 minutes total:
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:
These are all non-invasive tests, and nothing we do here will cause any discomfort!
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:
That is just how thorough we are!
At 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 to a comfortable seat 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.
All LASIK eye surgery consultations 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:
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 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. About 20% of the people who come for LASIK consultations are not ideal candidates for a variety of reasons.
You will likely have questions, and Dr. Mozayeni will be happy to answer every one of your questions.
At the end of the LASIK consultation, you can expect Dr. Mozayeni to do one of the following:
At the conclusion of your LASIK eye surgery 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. Know that at Providence Eye, you will never be pressured to schedule your surgery! This is a very important medical and personal decision. We are here to educate you and answer all your questions. If you’re wondering how soon your surgery will be after your consultation, it all depends on you and what you want. You can have surgery within a week or two, if you would like, or your consultation will be valid for one year.
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.