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What to expect during your consultation

Santa Monica, Rancho Cucamonga, Burbank

Thank you for considering us for your laser vision correction. Here at Rancho Laser Vision Center, we pride ourselves on our level of patient care. We understand that trusting someone with your eyes is a lot to ask and it is very important to us that we ensure that our patients are happy and comfortable. We know how scary it can be to visit a doctor, let alone one who could be operating on you! That is why Dr. Vishteh makes it a priority to meet all of his patients and evaluate them personally. Not only will he assess your candidacy for surgery, but he will also be sure to thoroughly explain the LASIK/PRK process and all of your options to find the treatment that is right for you.






Your appointment will take place at one of our three offices in Beverly Hills, Burbank, or Rancho Cucamonga. Dr. Vishteh divides his time between these locations so that he can meet with, treat, and follow-up with his wide patient base. We have appointments available throughout the week as well as one Saturday a month for your convenience.



When you check in, you will complete a brief questionnaire explaining a little bit about yourself; how you came to find us, your medical and ocular history, and what you hope to gain from your treatment with Dr. Vishteh. After completing this form, you’ll watch an introductory video that offers some basic information about the procedure and will hopefully answer some questions you may have before we get started with your exam.



Your exam will consist of three parts: first, the work-up; second, a thorough examination by Dr. Vishteh; and last, a closed meeting with your LASIK counselor. During your work-up, your ophthalmic technician will conduct a series of tests to help determine your candidacy including an automated refraction and topographical corneal scans. Your tech will also go over your medical and ocular history so that the doctor has a clear and broad understanding of your needs when he meets with you. Dr. Vishteh will join you to complete his exam and review your options with you. At this time you are encouraged to ask as many questions as you like to be certain that you have a clear grasp of both the doctor’s recommendations and your prospects for treatment. After you’ve finished with Dr. Vishteh, you’ll sit down with your LASIK counselor who will explain your pricing and answer any additional questions you may have.






Once you’ve been cleared for surgery, the next step is to schedule your dilated exam and surgery date.


The dilated exam must be completed before your surgery. At that time, we acquire your iris registration photos and custom wavefront-guided readings, followed by a manual and cycloplegic refraction. These tests provide the information that Dr. Vishteh needs to determine your treatment plan and tailor it specifically to you. We will also dilate your pupils so the doctor can perform an internal examination of your eyes to be certain they are healthy inside and out. A word of caution: dilated pupils are very light sensitive and can cause blurry near vision. It is recommended that you be prepared with dark sunglasses (if not, we carry disposable sunglasses that we provide at no charge) and understand that you may not be able to function at full capacity (if, for example, you do a lot of close-up work or fine motor tasks) for the few hours that your pupils will remain dilated. These symptoms are temporary, and will dissipate with time.





Before you are discharged after your dilation, we will provide consent forms for your review and completion. You are encouraged to read these forms in the office in case you have any questions. Your counselor will prepare and review the forms and all that applies to you before you sign them. Afterwards, we will collect your payment (we accept cash, MoneyOrders/Cashier’s Checks made out to Dr. Armin Vishteh, and all major credit/debit cards except American Express). Finally, you will be provided with a written prescription for your post-operative medications to be filled at your pharmacy of choice. If you prefer, we carry the medications in-office and can provide them for a small fee to save you a trip. This is all done at the time of your dilated exam so that you have nothing else to worry about or bring with you on your surgery day!





If you have any additional questions or concerns regarding the consultation process, feel free to contact us by email at [email protected] or by calling us at (888) 514-2020, or check us out online at facebook, or tweet us @RanchoLasik.