LASIK Evaluations Specialist

Insight Eye Care

Optometrists located in Williamsville, NY & Lockport, NY

Being nearsighted means you need to wear glasses or contact lenses, which many people find to be a nuisance. The expert team of optometrists at Insight Eye Care, in Williamsville and Lockport, New York, can provide you with comprehensive evaluations for LASIK eye surgery, helping you achieve your goal of clear vision without glasses or lenses. Call Insight Eye Care today to book your LASIK evaluation, or use the online tool.

LASIK Evaluations

What is a LASIK evaluation?

Laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) is a surgical procedure that corrects common sight problems such as myopia (shortsightedness) by modifying the cornea in your eye. It’s a procedure that many people have chosen, with great results, enabling them to reduce or remove the need to wear corrective glasses and contact lenses.

If you’re considering LASIK surgery, your optometrist at Insight Eye Care needs to evaluate your suitability for the procedure to ensure you have the best chance of a positive outcome. The LASIK evaluation covers every aspect of your health, eyesight, and factors such as what you expect to achieve, all of which are important for assessing your suitability for LASIK surgery.

What happens during the LASIK evaluation?

Your optometrist first needs to find out as much information as possible about your medical history and current health.

Certain conditions such as diabetes can affect the way the eye heals, and other conditions such as ocular herpes, peripheral keratitis, and strabismus may recur after LASIK surgery. Some medications, such as for acne, migraine medicines, and antihistamines, can affect healing and recovery, too.

If you have any of these conditions or are taking medications that could affect the outcome of LASIK surgery, it’s important that you and your medical team are aware of them and the increase in risk.

Your optometrist also needs to find out about lifestyle factors that could affect the healing process and success of LASIK surgery, such as:

  • Whether you smoke
  • How much alcohol you consume
  • What you do for a living
  • What hobbies you participate in

For instance, if you play contact sports, there’s a higher chance of problems with the corneal flap after LASIK surgery.

What happens next in a LASIK evaluation?

After examining your medical history, your optometrist conducts a comprehensive exam that includes tests such as:

  • Visual acuity
  • Refraction
  • Tonometry to test for glaucoma
  • Lid examination
  • Staining with dye to check for dry eye
  • Checking for corneal irregularities
  • Pachymetry (corneal thickness)
  • Keratometry (corneal shape)
  • Corneal topography
  • Wavefront analysis

If your optometrist detects any problems, where possible they can prescribe treatment to correct the issue before you undergo LASIK surgery.

By carrying out this comprehensive evaluation, your optometrist can assess your suitability for the procedure and ensure you have the best outcomes from LASIK surgery. Call Insight Eye Care today to arrange your LASIK evaluation, or book an appointment online.