What is included in a Free LASIK Screening?

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 A Free LASIK Screening requires from 60 to 90 minutes and includes the following testing procedures:

• History of wearing glasses: The ideal candidate is at least 18 years of age with a stable glasses or contact lens prescription for at least 2 years.

• History of contact lens wear: Contact lenses may change the shape of the cornea and affect its prescription.   Turner Eye Institute requires that soft contact lenses be discontinued at least 3 days and rigid contact lenses at least 3 weeks prior to the evaluation.

• History of ocular or systemic diseases and medications: Some eye diseases and medications can affect the suitability of a candidate for LASIK.

• History of previous ocular problems such as lazy eyes, strabismus (eye misalignment caused by muscle imbalance), or the need for special glasses to prevent double vision.

• History of previous eye injury.

• Assessing vocational and lifestyle needs: The LASIK candidate’s work or recreational activities and needs can influence vision correction strategies. For example, different strategies can affect depth perception and the ability to see near or far.
• Determination of uncorrected vision and vision as corrected by glasses or contacts.

• Determination of the prescription of visual error in each eye to establish the amount of surgical correction that is needed and develop the appropriate surgical strategy.

• Assessment of the surface of the cornea by “mapping” its topography (corneal curvature or shape). 

• Measurement of pupil size in dim and room light. Pupil size is an important factor in counseling a candidate about night vision and planning the appropriate laser vision correction strategy.

• Measurement of corneal thickness (pachymetry). The amount of LASIK correction may be determined in part by corneal thickness.

Patients who are found to be good candidates for surgery following the screening can then proceed to have a comprehensive eye health examination

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