Before Your Procedure
Once you have made the decision to have LASIK there are a number of steps that must be completed. The most important step is determining whether or not you are a good candidate. As expected a careful prescription measurement is one of the primary steps, which is performed with and without eye drops that relax the focusing muscles to ensure accuracy. Most patients feel that their prescription is severe because of the degree of blurring they experience when their glasses are removed, however the severity of the prescription is only one determinant of LASIK candidacy. As well, many patients question whether LASIK can correct their astigmatism, and it definitely can.
Today, the overwhelming majority of prescriptions can be treated. There are a variety of laser technologies that have been developed to perform LASIK more safely and more accurately, using Femtosecond lasers to create the corneal flap and Wavefront to improve the quality and safety of your vision, especially your night vision. Dr. Machat believes he should only offer these advanced technologies we would have ourselves, Custom All Laser LASIK.
The LASIK Evaluation involves a full eye examination by your own eye care professional who will examine the front and back of your eyes ensuring their health. An assessment of your eye history and general health history will also be made to ensure that there are no significant risk factors or contraindications to surgery. A list of any medications and any allergies is important to note, looking for possible interactions, including allergies to latex and antibiotics. Any difficulties with anesthetic taking effect when used by your dentist, can be helpful pre-operative knowledge, as some patients are less sensitive to these agents. Read more...
Sophisticated Corneal Analysis:
Multidimensional Corneal Analysis is used to evaluate the corneal shape and measure the corneal thickness and rule out any signs of disease, such as Keratoconus and Pellucid Marginal Degeneration. The corneal thickness will be measured to determine which procedure is best for you. Pupil measurement is also performed although since Crystal Clear Vision™ only offers advanced Wavefront based treatments, this is a less important measure than with standard laser patterns.
Avoiding contact lens use prior to LASIK:
Whether a patient wears glasses or contact lenses and the type of contact lenses they wear are all important factors in preparation for LASIK. Soft contact lenses can produce microscopic swelling of the cornea and as such should not be used for at least two weeks prior to surgery. Rigid gas permeable lenses (RGP) actually mold the corneal surface and must be out for at least four weeks, and sometimes much longer to allow the eye to return to its’ natural contour prior to surgery. Corneal analysis mapping will help confirm that the corneal shape has been restored.
LASIK Consultation and Informed Consent:
Is a process, and reflects the evaluation performed by your own eye care specialist, Crystal Clear Vision™ staff and your surgeon. The information provided through our website, during your optometric consultation and with your Crystal Clear Vision™ Laser Consultant will help you in making an informed decision. Read more.. Crystal Clear Vision™ Laser Consultants will work with you and explain each step of the procedure. Once you decide to proceed with surgery, Crystal Clear Vision™ will set up a unique Patient Portal or Web link for you. This will allow you access to a private customized part of our website that will walk you through all the steps in preparing for your procedure, allowing you to view our informed consent video and even allow you to pay and schedule your procedure online. As always, we are here to assist you at every stage. Confidentiality is maintained by using your email address to access the Patient Portal, and then, selecting your own password. The Crystal Clear Vision Website™ and Patient Portal provide each patient with a wealth of information in addition to the information we will provide you at the clinic.
Decisions regarding Reading Vision:
Today, there are multiple options available to deal with presbyopia. This is an important discussion that we at Crystal Clear Vision™ have with any LASIK patients who are either approaching 40 years of age and are about to experience Presbyopia or already well into their 40’s and already require reading glasses. Presbyopia is the loss of strength in the focusing muscles that occurs with age in everyone. Every normally sighted patient requires reading glasses usually by age 45. There is no right or wrong decision as to how you decide to deal with this process. Some people select to target 20/20 in each eye, and accept readers, especially patients who drive a great deal, play competitive sports, or who have more of a type A personality. However, there is now an available option to allow patients to see far and close without depending on reading glasses using the KAMRA Reading Vision implant that Dr. Machat himself selected. This important discussion will be part of your Crystal Clear Vision™ consultation and feel free to ask Dr. Machat as well. Hide...