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IMPORTANT RECOMMENDATIONS BEFORE YOUR PREOPERATIVE ASSESSMENT AT THE CLINIC

PLEASE LEARN ABOUT THE 8 STEPS

The IRIS Ophthalmology Clinic team will be happy to welcome you in a calm and safe environment for your preoperative assessment, which 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: COMPLETE THE ONLINE MEDICAL QUESTIONNAIRE BEFORE YOUR CONSULTATION

In order to speed up the admission process and the opening of your file, we suggest that you complete your medical questionnaire online, before your virtual consultation or your preoperative assessment at the clinic.  The information collected will allow our professionals to identify your vision needs and assess your candidacy for surgical vision correction.

  • The questionnaire is divided into sections. It should take you less than ten (10) minutes to answer all the questions.
  • Answers will be transmitted in a secure manner, ensuring confidentiality and protection of your information.
  • A copy of your questionnaire will be emailed to you once completed.

Get started!  Complete the questionnaire in one simple step, by clicking here:

QUESTIONNAIRE & AUTHORIZATION

STEP 2: PREPARE YOUR EYES TO LUBRICATE 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.

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STEP 3: 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 4: 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 5: 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 6: 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.

INFORMATIVE CAPSULES

VIEW THE APPROPRIATE VIDEO PLAYLIST FOR YOUR AGE GROUP AND ARRIVE AT YOUR PREOPERATIVE ASSESSMENT WITH THE NECESSARY KNOWLEDGE

ULTRALASIK

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!

Phacorefractive surgery

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 7: SEND US A SUMMARY OF YOUR OCULO-VISUAL FILE

With your consent, your vision professional may send us a summary of your optometric file, before your virtual consultation or your preoperative assessment at the clinic.

Contact your optometrist to ask him or her to fill out the Preoperative referral form, available online for professionals, in the “Referents Section”.  Information can be sent to the IRIS Ophthalmology Clinic:

By fax: 450.688.9516 or 1.877.674.8256

By email: [email protected]

 

If you are unable to reach your optometrist, send us your most recent prescription for glasses or contact lenses.  This information will allow our professionals to assess the surgical correction alternative that best suits your vision.

 

STEP 8: 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.

Arrival at the clinic

  • When you arrive at the clinic, a staff member will ask you questions about your general state of health.
  • 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.

 

Wearing a compulsory medical or non-medical mask:

  • Wearing a mask is compulsory in the clinic
  • The clinic will provide you with a disposable mask when you arrive

 

Physical distance:

  • During your visit, keep a distance of two (2) meters from other users and staff, when the situation allows
  • 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.
    • Since we are a care center, we are still limiting access to companions. Only caregivers are admitted. (Ex: Companions for the elderly, companions for people with difficulties of comprehension or mobility). If your situation requires the support of an attendant, please notify our staff before the visit.

 

Hand hygiene:

  • Upon arrival, disinfect your hands and frequently used items (smartphone, tablet, etc.).
  • Hand sanitizers will be available at strategic locations in the clinic.

 

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.

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