Your path to better vision
Your journey begins with our VIP Consultation. The cost is about an hour of your time. The benefit is the chance at a lifetime of visual freedom. Here’s a glimpse into your first hour with us. How does LASIK work? Read and find out.
We’ll start your journey by using some of the best testing equipment available today to take a good look at your eyes. Why do we do so many tests on your eyes? As with anything, information is power. The more we can discover about what light is doing as it enters and exits your visual system, the better chance we have to determine a quality plan for treatment. Always, our first step is to determine if any of the procedures we offer are safe for your unique eyes. We have to break the news to patients all the time that LASIK isn’t in their best interest. However, the long-term safety of your sight is extremely important to us, so we spare no expense in a quality evaluation of your candidacy.
Your VIP Consultation involves a lot of technology, some brand new and some old favorites, so let’s start at the beginning:
This machine is likely one you have seen before if you have had an eye exam. It gives us a quick view of your prescription by using invisible (and harmless) infrared light bounced off of your retina (in the back of your eye) to automatically read the glasses prescription your eye requires to see clearly.
This machine maps the front and back curve of the cornea – that part of your eye that you likely put a contact lens on currently. It will also give us a topographic map of the front of your eye as well as corneal thickness measurements from several areas of the cornea. All of this is done in about 5 seconds per eye! This is a state-of-the-art technology that is pivotal in giving us some key pieces of information to find out what vision correction procedure may be right for you. It also can help us determine if you are not a candidate for vision correction, which is even more important!
We use a handheld device to measure the thickness of the cornea with ultrasound. Why is corneal thickness so important that you measure it twice? Most of the procedures we perform, including LASIK, involve the removal of corneal tissue. We need to be certain that the amount of corneal tissue removed in laser eye surgery will not weaken the structural integrity of the eye.
This machine will make a detailed map of your entire visual system that can be transferred directly to the laser to guide it during treatment. It measures over 1200 points of light passing through your visual system and generates a treatment that is 25 times more precise than conventional measurements used for glasses and contacts. We are one of only a handful of centers in Texas to offer this level of precision in LASIK treatment.
Your Vision Correction Plan
All of our test results are loaded into a secure network so that the images can be sent wirelessly to the iPAD for your consultation. At that point, our staff will take you through the story of your vision illustrated by the photos and scans of your eyes. You’ll be walked through an explanation of each of your tests and what your options are for having vision that doesn’t depend on glasses. You’ll have a chance to ask any question about your eye health or vision and get comfortable with exactly what is recommended for you in your Vision Correction Plan.
Next Steps Towards LASIK Eye Surgery
After you find out that you are a candidate for vision correction, our staff will be your concierge through the surgery process. They will help you figure out how to handle all of the details of preparation for your surgery (including costs, schedules, pre-operative instruction, post-operative plans). If you’re a candidate and you want to move onward and upward, you can schedule your surgery and head home. We will take care of the rest.