Laser Eye Surgery Consultation
Your laser eye surgery consultation will be the most thorough eye examination you will ever have.
Your eyes are unique. That’s why you should only trust an eye clinic that has performed an in-depth examination of your eyes before you accept their decision on what laser eye treatment is best for you.
AVC laser eye surgery consultation process
Watch the video below to see a client going through the AVC consultation process.
Your bespoke laser eye surgery treatment plan
At AVC we place great emphasis on this stage of the process. Your eyes will be examined in fine detail by one of the world’s most experienced laser eye surgeons to determine which treatment is suitable for you and how that procedure can be tailored to deliver the optimum in visual acuity.
Harley Street, not High Street
Your peace of mind is extremely important to us. Every aspect of your recommended laser eye treatment will be explained to you and you will be able to ask as many questions as you like. There is no time limit and you will never be hurried along to make way for the next patient. This is Harley Street, not the High Street, and you will really notice the difference.
Where does the consultation take place?
At our clinic in Harley Street, London’s centre of medical excellence. This is where our unrivalled standard of patient care begins: our friendly and attentive clinical team will ensure you feel relaxed and at ease in our comfortable and historic building.
What happens during the consultation?
We will perform a range of sophisticated tests using the most highly advanced techniques currently available. During this process eye drops will be used to dilate your pupils and minimise any discomfort. As these may make your vision a little blurred, we advise against driving immediately afterwards. You will be asked questions about your general health, your lifestyle and what you want to achieve from your laser eye surgery treatment so that we can ensure our decisions precisely match your individual requirements.
How long will it take?
You should allow at least two hours for your appointment.
Should I remove my contact lenses beforehand?
Yes, it’s important that your corneas have been allowed to return to their natural shape before we examine your eyes. When you book your appointment, you will be advised on the time period required.
Will I have to pay for my consultation?
As for an eye test with any quality optometrist there is a charge for a consultation at AVC, but this will be refunded when you book your laser eye procedure.
You will be the focus of our undivided attention for at least two hours and will benefit from the medical expertise of the world’s finest refractive surgeons. The consultation fee for ICL or CLE treatment is not refundable due to the extended consultation required for these procedures.
What happens next?
By the end of your consultation we will be able to advise on which laser or non-laser eye treatment is best for you and tell you exactly how much it will cost. You can then either book your procedure for the following day or at a later date, whichever is most convenient for you.
During your consultation we will carry out the following tests:
- Detailed History and Lifestyle Assessment – to ensure the most suitable eye treatment for your needs
- Autorefraction – to objectively measure your prescription
- Cycloplegic Refraction – drops are used to relax your eye muscles and ensure that your prescription is not affected by muscle spasm
- Eye Dominance – to determine which is the dominant eye; this indicates which eye should be treated if monovision or blended vision is recommended for you
- Focimetry – measurement of your current glasses to confirm the strength of the prescription you have been using
- Iris Recognition – a picture is taken to enable the iris recognition system and advanced iris tracker to recognise your eye. This highly sophisticated feature ensures that laser eye treatment is not affected by any eye movement
- Orbscan – a highly sophisticated and detailed corneal mapping scan which gathers information from 9,000 points across your cornea, assessing corneal health, curvature and thickness
- Pentacam – this is the most precise machine available to measure the entire anterior (front) of the eye. The Pentacam provides precise 3-D analysis
- Pachymetry – measures your corneal thickness to establish that there is enough tissue for laser eye surgery
- Pupillometry – pupil size is measured in order to help choose the correct laser setting and to assess the risk of you developing glare following laser eye treatment
- Refraction – subjective verification of your prescription
- Retinal Exam – dilating drops will be used to carry out a retinal check to ensure they are healthy
- Slit Lamp Exam – the anterior structures of your eyes (cornea, conjunctiva, lens, lids and iris) are examined using a microscope and a narrow beam of light
- Tonometry – your internal eye pressure (IOP) is tested to ensure that you are not suffering from raised internal eye pressure which causes glaucoma
- Visual Acuity Testing – this measures your eyes’ ability to see sharpness of detail with and without glasses at both near and far distances
- Zeiss IOL Master – a series of four individual measurements to enable us to map your entire eye (the length, curvature, chamber depth and horizontal iris measurements)
- Zyoptix Wavefront Analyser – this measures individual optical characteristics to check the function of the eye and assess the need for Wavefront laser eye treatment