BEFORE LASIK SURGERY
Evaluating Your Eyes
Grand Rapids Ophthalmology offers Free LASIK (Laser Vision Correction) Evaluations.*
A Laser Vision Correction Evaluation is a very thorough eye exam with diagnostic tests and scans performed to assess if a patient is a good candidate for surgery. It is also an opportunity to meet your surgeon and members of our Laser Vision Correction Team.
Once you decide to have LASIK surgery, an eye evaluation is needed to determine which type of procedure is best for your unique eyes. If you wear contact lenses, you may be asked to not wear them for up to two weeks before the evaluation so that your eyes return to their natural shape.
A thorough evaluation will help determine if you are eligible for LASIK and if there are any conditions prohibiting the procedure. The evaluation usually consists of:
- Vision testing
- Mapping the shape of the cornea
- Screening for eye diseases, including glaucoma, cataracts, or diabetic retinopathy
- Measuring corneal thickness, eye movement, and pupil size
- Assessing the back of the eye
If you wear contact lenses between the evaluation and the surgery, you will need to stop wearing them again for up to two weeks prior to surgery.
Please be aware that your eyes will be dilated during a complete laser vision correction evaluation. Dilation causes sensitivity to light and blurry near vision. Dilation may last between 24 and 36 hours. Please bring sunglasses to the appointment or we will provide disposable sunglasses for your convenience.
*The Laser Vision Evaluation is a no-charge appointment. However, if you would like to request a copy of your glasses prescription after the evaluation, then a $150.00 fee would apply.