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A Guide to Laser Vision Correction

Dr. Robert Maloney believes that a well-informed patient is key to successful vision correction surgery. He wants to be sure that you fully understand what you can expect from your procedure you choose.

He wants to help you care for and preserve your eyesight in the best way possible. Here, you can find the information that you need to help you make informed choices about health care for your eyes.

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The Initial Appointment

The preoperative consultation usually takes about an hour and a half. When you call to make an appointment, you will be asked about the type of contact lenses you wear, if any. You'll also be given instructions about your contacts in preparation for the consultation.

  • If you wear soft spherical contact lenses, you should stop wearing them forty eight hours to one week before your consultation.
  • If you wear soft toric contact lenses, you should also stop wearing them seventy-two hours to two weeks before your consultation, depending on surgeon preference. Toric lenses are soft lenses designed for astigmatism. They are slightly oval-shaped and are weighted so they will not rotate on the eye.
  • If you wear hard contact lenses or rigid gas permeable (RGP) lenses, you may need to stop wearing them for several weeks before your consultation. RGP lenses are made of a porous substance that permits oxygen to permeate the lenses so the eyes can "breathe."

Why discontinue wearing contact lenses prior to the eye exam? Con tact lenses can alter the shape of your cornea for up to several weeks after you have stopped wearing them, depending on the type of lens. For the surgeon to take accurate measurements, the cornea must assume its natural shape. Your surgeon may need to repeat these measurements after your initial consultation and before surgery to make sure the shape of your cor nea has stabilized. If you wear your contacts to the consultation appointment, the surgeon can usually tell you whether you are a candidate, but he or she can't take accurate measurements of your eyes until after you discontinue lens wear.

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