Imagine vision improvements that could translate into driving without glasses or playing sports without contact lenses. That’s become a reality for many of the millions of people worldwide who have elected to have laser eye surgery. This popular surgery is seen as a safe and effective way to correct vision problems and enhance lifestyles.
The first step in the process is an assessment that will help the surgery provider determine whether or not a patient is a candidate for laser eye surgery. It is also geared towards helping potential patients decide whether laser eye surgery is right for them.
The preoperative assessment, which is normally complimentary, differs amongst providers. During this initial appointment, which can last between two and three hours, surgeons and clinic staff will gather patient information, including medical history, as well as answer questions and provide information through patient counseling.
Eye testing is also a key component of the process. The eye specialists could be examining criteria such as current vision prescription, corneal thickness, pupil diameter, as well as both general and eye health. If a patient is deemed eligible for laser eye surgery, the provider will recommend and outline a surgical procedure and review pricing. Laser eye surgery is considered an elective surgery and is not covered by provincial health care plans. However, it is an eligible expense under a health spending account.
Clinics normally have a contact lens policy in place which means that contact lenses must be removed for a certain amount of time before appointments. This allows the cornea to return to its natural shape and ensures accurate test results.
There are a few factors that will exclude a patient from having laser eye surgery. These include certain medical diseases as well as certain eye injuries and diseases or disorders of the eye. Candidates should be a minimum age of 18 and should have a vision prescription that has been stable for at least a year and that falls within an admissible range. Pregnant or nursing women are not eligible for surgery.
Recent advancements in laser technology have opened doors so that a wider range of candidates can turn to laser eye surgery as a vision correction option.
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