At Sheffield Vision Centre we offer two types of free consultation.

1. A full surgical assessment with a consultant Opthalmologist.

2. An introduction to refractive surgery with one of our experienced hospital optometrists.

Option 1 - A full assessment includes all the tests and examinations necessary to allow a full and exacting discusion with a consultant surgeon. You should leave with sufficient information to allow you to make an informed decision on whether refractive surgery is for you, and if it is, which option might best meet with your expectations. We would normally have gathered all the information required for us to book your surgery should you decide to proceed.  It is however a long appointment, lasting about two hours, you will need to leave any contact leneses out, if you wear them, for a specific length of time (1 week soft and 1 month rigid). You will also be unable to drive home from this appointgment as you will require pupil dilating eye drops to allow us to fully examine your eyes. These will blur your vision for a few hours afterwards.

Option 2 - If you are at an early stage of your decision making process and simply want to find out a little more about your suitability without the inconvenience of the fuller assessment; We can book you an appointment to have a more basic examination with one of our hospital optometrists.  We can have a chat about the different types of surgery, whether you are likely to be a suitable candidate or not, which option may be best for you etc. This appointment would usually last about one hour, we would not normally be required to use the eye drops that would prevent you from driving afterwards, and we can offer a little more flexibility on how long you need to leave your contact lenses out for. This lesser appointment however is little more than an introduction to our services; If you decide that you want to proceed further we would need to arrange for you to return for a fuller examination with one of our consultant surgeons.

Important, potentially life changing decisions need to be made, and these should only be made after a thorough examination by a consultant ophthalmologist and be based upon information gathered following a discussion with a refractive surgeon.