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To determine your suitability for laser eye correction you will be invited to the clinic for a thorough assessment and consultation. This appointment will last an hour and is free of charge.
In this video our clinic manager Hilary Smith explains the first steps if you are considering laser eye surgery:
On arrival in reception you will be asked to complete a simple background questionnaire.
The first thirty minute assessment part of the process is conducted by one of our experienced optometrists. Here we will check your prescription and take some very detailed measurements of the anatomy of your eyes.
The optometrist will measure your pupil size, your corneal thickness and will also take some images of the front surface of your eyes. It is all this information that will allow your ophthalmologist to decide if you are suitable candidate for treatment.
Once you have had your assessment you will be brought back through to reception and will then go on to have an additional thirty-minute appointment with your ophthalmologist.
The ophthalmologist will examine your eyes using The COMBI WAVEFRONT ANALYZER from SCHWIND integrates a whole range of unique functions and thus contributes to optimal surgical and diagnostic decision-making. The system combines the functions offered by the SCHWIND PERAMIS and SCHWIND SIRIUS.
The outstanding detail resolution provides the basis for extensive, particularly precise diagnostics with the COMBI WAVEFRONT ANALYZER. More than 5,632 analysis points and a resolution of 1 µm provide the basis for the corneal wavefront. The aberrometer in the SCHWIND PERAMIS utilises the unique pyramid wavefront sensor to evaluate the ocular wavefront aberrations with up to 45,000 measuring points.
SCHWIND PERAMIS can also be used to compare a patient’s corneal and ocular wavefront data. The direct comparison provides information about whether a visual defect is located on the surface of the cornea or within the eye itself, thus allowing you to identify and evaluate internal aberrations.
In addition, the COMBI WAVEFRONT ANALYZER with SCHWIND SIRIUS provides detailed information on the entire anterior segment of the eye thanks to the Scheimpflug camera. The same software is used to control both diagnostic systems and evaluate the data, allowing you to view all the data in a common database and compare them directly.
The result: a perfect diagnosis tailored specifically to the patient’s personal requirements, and easy, efficient, convenient handling for you.
SCHWIND CAM software does not miss out a single important detail for customised treatment planning, offering a multitude of possibilities for individual diagnoses – whether corneal and ocular wavefront data or corneal pachymetry.
The doctor who examines you at this stage will ultimately treat you, so please use this valuable time with him to ask any questions you may have. You may be suitable for more than one method of treatment and your doctor will be able to explain the differences and discuss your options.
Many patients comment how reassuring it is to meet their doctor at this initial stage and it is actually surprisingly rare to have the opportunity to have a personal consultation with your doctor. Here at Visualase, we understand how vital the doctor/patient relationship is and hope you get the most out of your time together.
There is no pressure at all for you to make a decision there and then. The purpose of your assessment and consultation is purely to determine your suitability so you can make an informed choice if you want to go ahead. We take no deposits from you and you will receive no follow up ‘sales’ calls.
Hear more about the assessment and consultation process from clinic manager Hilary Smith in the following video:
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All eye surgical procedures carry a level of risk including not obtaining the desired outcome, through to varying levels of visual loss. Your eye surgeon will discuss the risks and benefits, including ones specific to your circumstances, at the time of your pre-operative consultation.