At Vance Thompson Vision, we offer free consultations to anyone interested in learning more about their candidacy for vision correction. Your consult will help to educate and inform you about the different types of procedures and about which procedure best suits your unique vision. We will also discuss what to expect on the day of surgery and in the weeks and months that follow if you choose to proceed with vision correction.
In order to be considered for most of our vision correction options, you must be at least 18 years of age and have maintained a stable glasses or contact lens prescription for at least one year. You should also have healthy eyes, and that is why we believe a quality eye examination is an important step in your vision correction process.
Refractive surgery is not for everyone, but advances in laser and implant technology have created options for nearly every degree of correction. On the day of your consult, several tests will be done to determine which procedure is right for you. We will test the structure and shape of the surface of your cornea in addition to your corneal thickness, which will tell us if you are a good candidate for LASIK and whether or not our Custom LASIK procedure would be beneficial for you. The diameter of your pupil and the overall structure of your eye will also be determining factors that will be weighed.
Tips for the Day of Your Initial Consultation
- You can expect your initial consultation and discussion with us to last about three hours.
- During the initial examination, we will usually dilate your pupils. This helps us obtain accurate measurements and aids in checking the health of the inside of your eyes. You can be expected to be dilated unless you are a hard or rigid gas permeable contact lens wearer (in this case it will be done at a later appointment). The dilation can affect your vision and make you sensitive to light, so it is recommended that you arrange for a driver following the consult. The dilation could last as long as 48 hours, but has usually cleared up once 24 hours have passed.
- Daily-wear soft contact lenses should be out for two weeks prior to your exam, as should extended-wear soft contacts. Hard or rigid gas permeable lenses can be worn up to the day before the examination. Typically, rigid lenses will need to be out from four to six weeks before surgery. We want to make sure you are a good candidate before taking your rigid lenses away for that long.
- Consultations are offered with our doctors Monday through Friday. Please call ahead to confirm the availability of a specific doctor. Keep this in mind if you need to call and reschedule. Arrangements can be made if you need a different day or time. For people for whom travel is an issue, we offer a service called “See & Do,” performing the consult and the treatment on the same day. In such cases, the dilation and preliminary examination must be performed by your eye doctor, who will then need to fax us all of the relevant information. If your consult with us shows you to be a good candidate for the procedure you have looked into with your optometrist, we will proceed with surgery that day. If not, we will discuss what other options are available and help you determine the best course of action based on your needs.
- We are located at the intersection of 57th St. and I-229 in Sioux Falls, SD. Our address is 3101 W. 57th Street. There is also a map below for your convenience.
- You may print and fill out the patient information, patient history and lifestyle questionnaire forms before your appointment by clicking on their links below. Then either mail them to us or bring them with you to your appointment. These forms will also be available at the reception when you check in for your appointment.
The LASIK procedure is the right answer for most patients who are considering refractive surgery to improve their vision. However, in patients with higher degrees of nearsightedness or farsightedness, the cornea may be too thin to allow full refractive correction.
In these cases, surgical implants may be the best alternative. These special devices are placed in the eyes to improve their focusing ability.