Consultation Before Refractive Surgery
Every patient gets complete eye examination before surgery in our clinic.
Before the visit
Consultation takes about an hour. During it
- Stop wearing contact lenses 24 hours before the visit;
- If possible please take information about their vision correction (prescription of glasses or contact lenses of several last years);
- During the consultation, pupil dilating eye drops will be used, so the vision will be blurred for several hours. It is not recommended to drive or work with computer until the vision restores.
- We will take a short medical data about eye and systemic diseases, used medications, used correction and changes. Patients should inform the doctor about eye diseases and operations in the past;
- The eyes will be examined with the autorefractor to determine the degree of refractive error, the intraocular pressure will be measured with non-contact tonometer and the vision will be corrected;
- Corneal topography will be checked;
- Local anaesthetic eye drops will be administered and corneal thickness measured with ultrasound;
- Pupils dilating eye drops will be administered and the patient will wait for about 30 minutes;
- Refraction will be measured again and the vision will be corrected;
- Anterior eye segment and fundus of the eye will be examined.
The results of the tests will be discussed with the patient. When the surgery is possible, the type of operation, results, possible risks, complications, and regime before and after operation will be discussed.
Laser eye surgery is approved for correction of nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. A suitable candidate for a laser eye surgery:
- is over 18 years of age;
- has had a stable glasses or contact lens prescription for at least 12 months;
- his/her vision can be corrected with glasses;
- has sufficient corneal thickness;
- does not suffer from any eye or other disease that may reduce the effectiveness of the surgery and affect wound healing;
- has realistic expectations.
There are some conditions and circumstances that may preclude the patient from being a suitable candidate for a laser eye surgery. These conditions are the following:
- pregnancy and nursing;
- eye diseases, such as keratoconus (corneal thinning), advanced glaucoma, cataract, corneal scars, retinal tears, macular degeneration and other;
- diseases of autoimmune origin (rheumatoid arthritis, dermatitis), diabetes and other;
- unstable refraction.