Refractive Surgery Evaluations
Prior to refractive surgery, patients need a complete evaluation. Patients should be out of their soft contact lenses for at least two weeks and rigid contact lenses for at least three to four weeks prior to this examination. At the evaluation, numerous tests, including measurement of the amount of nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism, measurement of pupil size, corneal curvature analysis and a dilated examination will be performed. We will then review the results of these tests and discuss in detail the best refractive surgery options for each patient. Then entire evaluation takes about two hours. In general, patients should be older than 21 years, not be pregnant or nursing, have healthy eyes and a stable refraction (strength of glasses and contact lenses) to be a good candidate for refractive surgery.