What to expect at your laser eye surgery consultation
02 February 2021
Beginning your Optimax journey
Booking your consultation for laser eye surgery is the first step to achieving clear, natural vision. Thankfully, at Optimax we offer free consultations (subject to a £10 deposit which we’ll refund when you attend the appointment) to give you all the information you need to help you make the right decision.
Before booking your consultation, you should take a look at our suitability page online. There are certain health conditions and requirements in place, such as having had a stable eye prescription for a year or more, having controlled diabetes, and not having had a seizure for more than two years. If you meet these requirements and your prescription falls within our treatment parameters, we’d love to welcome you in for a consultation!
You can book online here, or you can give us a quick call on 0800 093 1110 (it’s free!) to make your appointment. Alternatively, if you’d like more information, you can request your free info pack, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
What happens at a laser eye surgery consultation?
Your consultation at Optimax has two primary purposes. First, we need to check that you’re actually suitable for laser eye surgery (or another vision correction surgery) but secondly, and perhaps more importantly, it’s a chance for you to ask any questions you may have and to understand the treatment process thoroughly. It’s important that you make a fully informed decision about your eyes, and a consultation with us is a safe, non-pressured environment for you to do that in.
Our Patient Advisors will take automated tests of your eyes, including digital imaging of the eye, computer measured glasses prescription, corneal thickness, Wavefront analysis, iris recognition, and internal eye pressure tests. The results of these assessments will let us know if your eyes are suitable for laser eye surgery, as well as allowing us to check on the overall health of your eyes.
Following these tests, you will sit down with one of our optometrists to discuss the process of laser eye surgery. It is in this part of the consultation that you can chat to them about your lifestyle, your visual requirements, and go over the results of the tests conducted previously in the appointment. They will also conduct a more traditional prescription test that you may be used to having at your opticians to confirm your prescription. The optometrist will then explain the different types of laser eye surgery to you (or perhaps other vision correction surgeries if your tests show that laser eye surgery wouldn’t be most beneficial for you), so you know what to expect from treatment. All of the relevant risks and alternatives will be explained to you thoroughly.
We will also provide you with your customised patient results forecast. We create this using live patient data. It is based on the results of previous patients of ours who have the same prescription as you, and are of a similar age, so you know what to expect from your treatment. We are the only laser eye surgery provider to give you this report, allowing you to make an informed decision about your own laser eye surgery.
You can then either have some time away and think about whether laser eye surgery is the correct step for you, or you can book in for a surgeon assessment. This is the stage before surgery where you can meet your surgeon and ask them any further questions you have. Your surgeon will also examine your eyes themselves to confirm that they are happy to proceed with treatment. This appointment usually occurs in the week or two prior to your surgery date.
Important things to note before your laser eye surgery consultation
We recommend allowing around 2 hours for the entire appointment. The tests themselves usually take around 30 minutes, but we then need to allow for some time with the optometrist to discuss the treatment in depth.
The tests are pain-free, but we may administer dilating eye drops to some patients. This is particularly common if you have a high prescription. Dilating your eyes like this allows us to scan the back of your eye accurately and achieve precise results for the tests. It does mean, however, you might be a little more sensitive to light and suffer from blurred vision in the hours that follow your consultation. It’s important that you bring a pair of sunglasses to wear afterwards to help with these symptoms. You also shouldn’t drive when your eyes have been dilated, so you might like to arrange to have a friend or family member there to take you home (unless you are relying on public transport).
If you wear contact lenses, you must remove them in the days or weeks before your appointment. This is because the lenses can affect the surface of the eye and can prevent us from getting an accurate test result when we assess your prescription. According to which type of contact lens you wear, the timeline for pre-consultation removal is:
- Soft/disposable lenses: remove for two days before consultation.
- Soft Toric (astigmatic) and extended wear soft lenses: leave out for one full week.
- Hard, gas permeable: remove for three weeks before consultation. Soft lenses may be used instead.
Taking the next steps towards laser eye surgery
Now that you know what to expect at a laser eye surgery consultation, you might be feeling ready to book your appointment. We have 17 Optimax clinic locations around the UK, and take online bookings, or bookings via the phone. Give us a call on 0800 093 1110 to start your Optimax journey today.
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