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The Consultation Process

Almost all patients want to know their suitability for laser vision correction before anything else.

Prior to your consultation, you should have received by post information relating to your visit, including a sheet to record demographic and contact information on, as well as a questionnaire. Please complete both and bring them with you on the day to your consultation. This allows us to have consultations run as close to time as possible, minimising any inconvenience to you and your fellow patients.

  • 1. Which Tests are Involved
    1. Which Tests are Involved

    Prior to seeing Dr Fraenkel, our ophthalmic technicians will record the demographic and contact details you have provided on our computer records. You will then have several measurements and scans taken.

    These may include:

    The Pentacam HR is a High Resolution tomography that assesses the curvatures of the front and back of your cornea, and its thickness. The cornea is the clear windscreen on the front of your eye, overlying the coloured part of your eye. You can think of the cornea like the distance focus lens of your eye. It is the cornea that is refocussed during the Lasik laser vision correction procedure. The information obtained from the Pentacam allows a thorough assesment of your suitability for safe Lasik or SMILE laser vision correction. We are the only private practice in South Australia to have the Pentacam HR.

    The OPD scan is a set of measurements that is able to describe the focussing power of the internal crystalline lens behind the pupil, which can be thought of as the near focussing lens of the eye, allowing you to read without reading glasses when young. We are one of only two practices in South Australia to have the OPD scan.

    The Tomey Specular Microscope helps us assess the health of your cornea by measuring the number and health of the specialised cells on the back of the cornea called the corneal endothelium. These cells are critical to maintaining the transparency of the cornea and hence your vision. Again we are the only private practice in South Australia to have the Tomey 2000 Specular Microscope.

    The IOL Master is used to measure the length and curvature of your eye, as well as the width of your cornea, and the depth from the cornea to the crystalline lens behind the pupil. This information is critical if alternative vision correction procedures to Lasik or SMILE laser vision correction are being considered.

  • 2. Assessment of the tests for suitability
    2. Assessment of the tests for suitability

    Almost all patients want to know their suitability for laser vision correction before anything else. Therefore Dr Fraenkel will review the measurements and scans performed in our unique diagnostic centre, discussed above, before your consultation.

    Dr Fraenkel will review your history and goals, and then inform you whether you are suitable for Lasik or SMILE pending a suitable slit lamp microscopic evaluation of your eye.

  • 3. Discussion with Dr. Fraenkel
    3. Discussion with Dr. Fraenkel

    Once your suitability for a particular vision correction procedure has been determined, Dr Fraenkel will outline how the procedure works, how long the procedure takes, whether one or both eyes would be treated on the same day, and how quickly vision recovers, and how quickly you can return to work and normal activities.

    The timing of routine postoperative examinations and any routine and unusual possible symptoms and complications will be discussed as well as provided to you in a written document known as "informed consent" which you can take away with you to read carefully in an unrushed fashion at your own leisure.

    Every opportunity is given during and after the consultation prior to your procedure to ask any questions and seek any clarification you need with Dr Fraenkel.