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What to Expect at Your LASIK Consultation

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What to Expect at Your LASIK Consultation

Considering LASIK in the Tampa area, but unsure what to expect? At Gulfcoast Eye Care, we specialize in personalized care that empowers you to make the best choice to improve your vision. Our experienced LASIK surgeons and our patient care team will work closely with you to ensure you feel comfortable and informed on every step of your LASIK journey.

Five Simple Steps Toward LASIK

  1.  Schedule Your Free Consultation
  2. Testing to See if LASIK or a Modern Variation is Right for You
  3. Create Your Custom Vision Correction Treatment Plan
  4. Consider Payment & Financing Options for LASIK
  5. Schedule Surgery with a Refractive Coordinator


Schedule a FREE LASIK Consultation

We understand that the decision to have laser vision surgery is an important one, and we are committed to helping patients find the best treatment for them. That’s why we offer free, no-obligation consultation appointments for LASIK. Schedule your free LASIK consultation appointment at one of our conveniently located offices in St. Petersburg, Pinellas Park, or Palm Harbor.

Testing to See if You Are A Candidate for LASIK

Your LASIK consultation will be a dilated eye exam that will take approximately 1.5 hours. Your eye doctor may use several diagnostic tools to determine if LASIK is right for you. Each of these tests is fairly quick and painless & will be selected based on the unique needs of your eyes.

This machine analyzes how light enters your eye in order to measure your prescription. You have likely encountered this at previous eye doctor appointments for glasses or contact lenses.

This is another machine that you may recognize, as it is also used to measure your prescription. We will use multiple tests to ensure that your prescription measurements are as accurate as possible.

The phoropter is the technical name for a traditional eye exam device. This is one more way for us to determine your prescription, and this one is important because it relies on your input. This is the machine that contains different lenses that your eye doctor will ask “is lens 1 better, or is lens 2 better?”

Corneal Topography/Pentacam
This eye scanning machine analyzes your cornea, which is the lens in the front of your eye. Your cornea measurements are key data points in determining if LASIK is right for you, and this instrument can give us precise information about the thickness and contour of your cornea.

Fundus Camera
This specialized ocular camera takes a photograph of the inside of your eye. It is important for your eye doctor to see this view in order to evaluate your retina and the blood flow to your eye, which can help them determine your overall eye health.

Retinal OCT
Retinal OCT, or optical coherence tomography, is another way for your eye doctor to get a more accurate picture of your retina. This device uses light waves to provide an image of an area of your eye that is very tiny, but can also give important information about your eye health.

Anterior Chamber OCT
Each person’s eye has a unique size and shape. Laser vision correction procedures should be tailored to your individual eyes. This imaging device delivers a precise measurement of the front of your eye.

Optical Biometry
This tests allows for measurement of the length and curvature of the eye as well as the front chamber depth and lens thickness of your eye. This imaging device delivers a precise measurement of your eye that is particularly important for lens-based vision correction.


Create Your Custom Vision Correction Treatment Plan

At Gulfcoast Eye Care, we believe that there is no one-size-fits-all plan for vision correction. We will spend time to create a personalized treatment plan that takes into account your unique vision, health, and lifestyle. Part of this step will be determining which vision correction surgery is best for you.

LASIK Alternatives

If your eye doctor determines that you are not a candidate for LASIK, there are several modern vision correction options that may be right for you:

  • PRK – Photo-Refractive Keratectomy (PRK) is a well-established alternative to LASIK and may be better suited for patients with thin or irregular corneas. Learn more about PRK
  • Visian ICL – Implantable Collamer Lenses or Implantable Contact Lens surgery can be a great option for patients who are too severely nearsighted for LASIK. Learn more about Visian ICL
  • RLE – Refractive Lens Exchange with an advanced intraocular lens (IOL) can correct a variety of vision issues and may be a good choice for patients with presbyopia or dysfunctional lens syndrome. Learn more about RLE


Consider Payment & Financing Options for LASIK

We know that paying for LASIK is a top concern of many patients. At Gulfcoast Eye Care, we value your vision and we offer several payment and financing options to put better vision within reach. Learn more about paying for LASIK.

When considering the cost of LASIK, it is important to take into account the long-term value of improved vision – use our LASIK Savings Calculator to learn your potential savings with LASIK.

Schedule Surgery with a Refractive Coordinator

Once you have determined that LASIK is right for you, discussed your treatment plan with your eye surgeon, and budgeted for LASIK, the final step is to schedule your surgery! Your refractive coordinator will explain what you can expect before, during, and after surgery and help you answer any questions you have. See frequently asked questions about LASIK.


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