What is a Preoperative Exam?

The "preoperative exam" is the eye exam before surgery. It includes clinical tests to make sure you are a good candidate for refractive surgery and gives the surgeon the necessary information to perform surgery. A comprehensive preoperative exam will likely include these components:

An optometrist performs most preoperative exams. Like your surgeon, your optometrist is important in giving you the best possible care. Each optometrist's formal training in providing pre- and postoperative care varies. While most attend continuing education courses on refractive surgery, some optometrists undergo specialty postgraduate training in managing refractive surgery.