CONFIRMATION OF REFERRAL AND IMPORTANT INFORMATION BEFORE YOUR PREOPERATIVE ASSESSMENT AT THE CLINIC
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The IRIS Ophthalmology Clinic team will be happy to offer you an appointment and welcome you in a calm and safe environment during your preoperative evaluation. The preoperative appointment will last approximately two (2) hours. In order to optimize your visit and allow our professionals to respond to your needs, we invite you to read the following instructions carefully:
STEP 1: PLAN TO STOP WEARING YOUR CONTACT LENSES
In order to ensure the accuracy of the preoperative measurements, please plan to stop wearing your contact lenses completely before the preoperative assessment at the clinic:
Soft contact lenses, daily wear (removed every evening): at least 7 days off.
Soft lenses, extended wear (worn overnight): at least 14 days off.
Soft toric lenses (correcting astigmatism): at least 14 days off.
Semi-rigid gas permeable lenses: at least 1 month off for every 10 years of wearing.
If you are not able to function with your glasses during the suggested period, the clinic will offer you a partial assessment as a first step.
Ideally, plan to remove your contact lenses at least 24 to 48 hours before the partial assessment.
If you are planning surgery, you may need to stop wearing contact lenses for the recommended period, for the second full preoperative assessment.
STEP 2: LUBRICATE YOUR EYES WITH ARTIFICIAL TEARS
Before your consultation, it is recommended to lubricate your eyes with artificial tears 4 times a day. Lubrication allows for better measurements during your consultation. Ideally, it would be beneficial to lubricate your eyes for a period of two weeks.
If the time between making your appointment and the date of your visit is less than two weeks, simply lubricate your eyes 4 times a day until the date of your appointment.
STEP 3: CHOOSE A DESIGNATED COMPANION
*DUE TO CURRENT CIRCUMSTANCES, THE DESIGNATED COMPANION WILL NOT BE ABLE TO ACCOMPANY YOU IN THE CLINIC EXCEPT FOR SPECIFIC REASONS.
Dilation drops may be used to fully assess the health of your eyes.
It is strongly recommended that you have a designated companion as you will not be able to drive immediately after the assessment.
The effect of the dilation lasts approximately 4 to 6 hours.
Dilation can cause blurred vision and increased sensitivity to light. Bring sunglasses to improve your comfort.
If you are unable to bring a companion or to dilate, the clinic will offer you a partial assessment as a first step.
If you are planning surgery, you may need to schedule a subsequent visit for dilation to complete the preoperative assessment.
STEP 4: BRING YOUR IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS
To facilitate the opening of your file, remember to bring your useful documents to your consultation:
Your medication and allergy list, if applicable.
Your Quebec health insurance card (RAMQ).
Choose a method of payment for the consultation fee.
The cost of a consultation will be communicated to you upon request.
The IRIS Ophthalmology Clinic will deduct the consultation fee from the surgical fee if the surgery is performed within 12 months of the assessment date.
STEP 5: READ THE SURGERY PREPARATION GUIDE
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Get information and answers to your questions by browsing the IRIS Ophthalmology Clinic’s website before your consultation with one of our professionals.
We also encourage you to download the Surgery preparation guide most suitable for your needs and expectations:
If you are between 18 – 40 years old, we suggest you read the Guide to Ultralasik Laser Surgery.
If you are between 40 – 54 years old, we suggest you read both guides.
If you are 55 and over, we suggest you read the Phacorefractive Surgery Guide.
VIEW THE APPROPRIATE VIDEO PLAYLIST FOR YOUR AGE GROUP AND ARRIVE AT YOUR PREOPERATIVE ASSESSMENT WITH THE NECESSARY KNOWLEDGE
If you are between 18 and 39 years old, check out this playlist explaining corneal laser surgery. You will then be well prepared for your consultation!
If you are 55 and over check out this Phacorefractive Surgery video playlist. You will be well informed before your consultation!
*If you are between 40 and 54 years old you will find relevant information in both playlists as you are a potential candidate for ULTRALASIK and phacorefractive surgery.
STEP 6: LEARN ABOUT PREVENTION MESURES IN THE CONTEXT OF COVID-19 PANDEMIC
Experience better vision with complete peace of mind. IRIS Ophthalmology Clinic has rolled out a series of pandemic-specific measures to protect your health and the health of our staff.
Questionnaire on your health status and symptoms:
Upon your arrival, a member of staff will ask you to validate the answers to your questionnaire on your health status and your symptoms.
With your consent, a member of staff will take your body temperature using a non-contact thermometer (forehead level).
If you have symptoms and/or risk factors and/or a temperature over 38C, we will invite you to postpone your visit to a later date and contact Public Health.
Wearing a compulsory medical or non-medical mask:
Please bring your mask. Make sure it covers your nose and mouth.
Replace your mask if it is wet, soiled, damaged, or if it has been worn for more than four (4) hours.
If necessary, the clinic can provide you with a disposable mask when you arrive.
Upon arrival, disinfect your hands and frequently used items (smartphone, tablet, etc.).
Hand sanitizers will be available at strategic locations in the clinic.
During your visit, keep a distance of two (2) meters from other users and staff, when the situation allows.
Some evaluations may require proximity between you and the professional. During these procedures:
Limit the conversation and wait for the professional to walk away from a safe distance to ask your questions.
Keep your hands on your knees or in your pockets.
In order to limit the number of people circulating inside the clinic:
Respect the time of your appointment. If you arrive early, stay outside the clinic until your scheduled appointment time.
Ask your designated compagnon to wait outside the clinic. If your situation requires the support of an attendant, please notify our staff before the visit.
Our mission is to provide you with high quality service without compromising on safety.
Contact our coordination team for any additional questions or if you wish to change your appointment.