Personalized Care for Superior Results
For North Shore Eye Care patients, the LASIK eye exam is the first step toward achieving clear vision. The physicians at our Smithtown and Riverhead locations understand that many people are apprehensive about undergoing surgery, so they strive to help their patients feel as comfortable as possible by educating them on every stage of the LASIK process. Using the latest technology to perform a comprehensive evaluation, our physicians are able to gain a unique perspective of a patient’s vision and make recommendations regarding his or her laser vision treatment. To schedule your initial LASIK eye exam contact the Smithtown or Riverhead location of North Shore Eye Care today.
During the pre-LASIK eye exam, our physicians analyze the current state of the patient’s vision, check for irregularities in the eye, and evaluate the patient’s candidacy for LASIK surgery. The LASIK eye exam appointment is an opportunity for patients to learn more about the procedure and raise any questions or concerns. Because there are several factors to consider when determining whether LASIK surgery is an appropriate treatment option, the pre-LASIK eye exam includes a number of vision tests that give our physicians a complete understanding of the patient’s vision.
One of the first parts of the LASIK eye exam at our Long Island practice is the corneal topography test, which measures the shape of the corneas. Our experienced physicians use Wavefront™ technology to “map” the cornea and gain a full understanding of the patient’s eye. This tool can identify any irregularities that may exclude a patient from undergoing LASIK. In addition, the data collected during this test will be used to guide the excimer laser used to reshape the cornea during the LASIK procedure.
Like the corneal topography test, the pachymetry test is used to gather information about the cornea, which will determine a patient’s eligibility for the LASIK procedure. This test specifically measures the thickness of the cornea. Individuals with particularly thin corneas may experience better results with advanced surface ablation or iLASIK than with traditional LASIK.
Our doctors may also measure tear production and quality during the pre-LASIK eye exam. In many cases, patients who suffer from dry eye syndrome - a condition in which the eyes do not procedure enough tears - see a flare in the condition after LASIK surgery. By analyzing the tears before laser vision correction, our physicians can identify and treat the condition prior to surgery to ensure quick, complication-free healing.
During the LASIK eye exam at our Smithtown or Riverhead office, it is important for patients to be candid about their medical history, including past vision problems, current medications, and diseases such as diabetes. Individuals who have previously suffered eye infections or trauma to the eye may require special accommodations in order for the LASIK procedure to be successful. During this evaluation, patients are encouraged to ask questions about their candidacy for LASIK surgery, as well as bring up any concerns they might have about the procedure.
At North Shore Eye Care, we encourage patients to ask questions and participate in their vision care so that we can provide the highest-quality treatment possible. The initial eye exam at North Shore Eye Care is a comprehensive appointment that is designed to enable Drs. Martin and Zweibel to gain a thorough understanding of a patient’s vision, so that they can provide the most suitable treatment. Based on the findings of the corneal topography and pachymetry tests, they may perform other evaluations to gain a more in-depth understanding of the patient’s vision.
At North Shore Eye Care, we provide free LASIK consultations to all Long Island-area patients. We encourage you to schedule a comprehensive LASIK eye exam at our Smithtown or Riverhead office to determine whether LASIK surgery is right for you.