What Is a LASIK Consultation Like?

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Are you wondering if you are a good candidate for LASIK? Undergoing a laser vision correction procedure like LASIK can make a dramatic difference in your life.

Because LASIK is a surgical procedure, it may not be suitable for everyone. A thorough consultation is the only way to determine whether you qualify for LASIK. Keep reading to learn more about LASIK consultations.

The Purpose of a LASIK Consultation

For the best outcomes, LASIK is only performed on healthy eyes. Your eye doctor will perform a consultation to check for any existing conditions. They will look for dry eye syndrome, glaucoma, and cataracts, as well as injury or inflammation.

This consultation is not only meant to determine your candidacy. It will also help determine the best course of treatment for your unique needs, whether that is LASIK or another procedure.

Your eye doctor will take several different kinds of measurements to evaluate whether you are a good candidate for LASIK. It is also necessary to take detailed measurements of your eyes before the day of surgery.

Since ocular topography can vary slightly from patient to patient, not every LASIK procedure is the same. Laser eye surgery gently reshapes the surface of your eye. For this reason, your eye doctor needs specific information about the shape and thickness of your cornea.

They will also take measurements of your eye (such as length and width) and the pupil.  Identifying any unique imperfections is essential so they can best treat your eye.

What to Expect During a LASIK Consultation

A LASIK consultation is like having a highly comprehensive eye exam. Your eye doctor will closely inspect every part of the eye, from the lids to the tear film.

Just as with most exams, your pupils will be dilated using eye drops. Your eye doctor will run a series of diagnostic tests to examine and measure your eyes thoroughly. Rest assured, these tests are not invasive or painful. You may feel some slight pressure on your eyes, but it should not cause you pain in any way.

By now, you are already familiar with the process of determining your prescription for wearing eyeglasses. You will complete a similar process to determine the best way to correct your vision.

Your ophthalmologist will also ask several questions regarding your medical history. They will want to identify any medical conditions that could increase the risks associated with LASIK and potentially decrease the effectiveness of the procedure.

They will ask you about any existing eye conditions and your general health. Even conditions that do not have to do with your eyes can affect the success of LASIK, like autoimmune diseases.

More Than an Exam

Your LASIK consultation is not only about assessing your health and determining if you qualify for the procedure. The consultation is also a time for your eye doctor to educate you on your treatment options and explain the procedure’s details. The team is ready to answer questions or address any concerns you may have.

At Grand Rapids Ophthalmology, our team will review the LASIK process with you, from what to expect on the day of surgery to the nature of how recovery works. We will also explain the costs and available financing options.

At the end of the consultation, your eye doctor will have evaluated whether you qualify for LASIK and whether it is the best course of treatment. If you are not a good candidate for laser eye surgery, they will recommend another option that better suits your needs.

Ready to learn more about LASIK? Find out if it may be right for you.

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Grand Rapids Ophthalmology is pleased to provide top-quality, comprehensive eye care to our patients in the Greater Grand Rapids area. We have 15 conveniently located eye care centers that utilize the latest and most advanced technologies across the entire spectrum of ophthalmology. If you are seeking information about one of our eye care locations please click into our locations page for more information. Hours are subject to change due to upcoming Holidays.

Construction Update: US-131 southbound is now closed between Burton and 28th Street. The ramp from US-131 northbound to I-96 westbound is also closed and will remain closed all summer. Please allow extra travel time and plan routes accordingly to arrive for your appointment on time.

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Grand Rapids Ophthalmology
East Beltline Medical Center
750 East Beltline Ave NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49525
(Located on the Southeast corner of East Beltline and Bradford - enter from Bradford)
616.588.6598
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M, W, Th, F: 8am – 5pm
Late Night – T: 8am – 7pm
Sat: 8am – 11am
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Grand Rapids Ophthalmology
Rivertown Office Center
4475 Wilson Ave SW
Grandville, MI 49418
(Located on the Northwest corner of 44th St/Rivertown Pkwy and Wilson - enter from Wilson)
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Tu, W, F: 8am-5pm
Late Nights – M, Th: 8am-7pm
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Grand Rapids Ophthalmology (Located on the upper level)
3300 Walker View Dr
Walker, MI 49544
(Located North of Walker Avenue exit on I-96 – enter on the upper level)
616.588.6598
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M, T, Th, F: 8am-5pm
Late Night – W: 8am-7pm
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Cutlerville
Grand Rapids Ophthalmology
Spectrum Health South Campus
80 68th St SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49548
(Located on Southeast corner of 68th St and Division)
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M, W, Th, F: 8am-5pm
Late Night – Tu: 8am-6pm
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Grand Rapids Ophthalmology
Mercy Health Campus
6050 Northland Dr NE, Suite 100
Rockford, MI 49341
616.588.6598
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M, W, Th, F: 8am-5pm
Late Night – Tu: 8am-7pm
Phones answered Mon thru Fri 7am-5pm
Caledonia
Grand Rapids Ophthalmology
Mercy Health Campus
10047 Crossroads Ct SE
Caledonia, MI 49316
616.588.6598
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M, Tu, W, Th, F: 8am-5pm
Closed 12pm-1pm daily
Phones answered Mon thru Fri 8am-5pm
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East Grand Rapids
Lakeshore Eye
717 Bagley Ave SE
East Grand Rapids, MI 49506
616.588.6575
Hours
M-Th: 8am-5pm
F: Closed (until December 1, 2023)
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Holland
Grand Rapids Ophthalmology
Lakeshore Medical Campus
3235 N Wellness Dr, Suite 130
Holland, MI 49424
(Located ¼ mile East of US-31 on the left)
616.994.0477
Hours
M, W, Th: 8am-5pm
F: 7:30am-3:30pm
Late Night – Tu: 8am-7pm
Phones answered Mon thru Thurs 8am-5pm & Fri 7:30am-3:30pm
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Ionia
Grand Rapids Ophthalmology
537 W Main St
Ionia, MI 48846
616.527.1640
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M, W, Th, F: 8am-5pm
Late Night – Tu: 8am-7pm
Phones answered Mon thru Fri 8am-5pm
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Greenville
Grand Rapids Ophthalmology
705 S Greenville W Dr. #Suite 201
Greenville MI 48838
616.754.5667
Hours
M: 7:30am-6pm
Tu, W: 7:30am-4:30pm
Th: 8am-5pm
F: 7:30am-4:30pm
Standale
511 Wilson Ave NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49534
616.301.8663
Hours
M, W, Th, F: 8am-5pm
Late Night – T: 8am-7pm
Phones answered Mon thru Fri 8am – 5pm
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GRO Surgical Center
Grand Rapids Ophthalmology Surgical Care Center
750 East Beltline Ave NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49525
(Located on Southeast corner of East Beltline and Bradford – enter on the second floor)
616.588.6598
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M, TU, W, Th, F: 8am-5pm
Phones answered Mon thru Fri 8am-5pm
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Walker Surgical Center
3300 Walker View Dr
Walker, MI 49544
(Located North of Walker Avenue exit on I-96 – enter on the lower level)
616.588.6570
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M, Tu, W, Th, F: 6am-5pm
Phones answered Mon thru Fri 6am-5pm
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