You have the right to consent or refuse laser vision correction procedure at any time prior to its performance. Consent is a process that involves many steps, involving the patient, the laser eye surgeon and the Centre staff. Please remember that the staff and the eye surgeon are available to help address your concerns, so take this opportunity to ask your questions. You will be signing a consent form in the presence of the surgical counsellor on the day of your laser eye surgery prior to the actual procedure.
Steps of the Consent Process
Eye Care Professional
During your pre-operative evaluation, an eye care professional will examine your eyes to determine if you are a candidate for LASIK or PRK vision correction, according to specific criteria and numerous examinations. The eye care professional will provide you with an explanation of the laser correction procedure, risks, complications and benefits, alternatives if any, and any particular conditions that might affect your decision to undergo the laser eye surgery.
Before your laser eye surgery, a LASIK MD staff member will ensure that you have a copy of the LASIK Information Booklet and the Consent Form(s). You should review the LASIK Information Booklet and the counsellor will address any questions that you may have, review the Consent Form(s) with you, and complete the information on the Form(s) in preparation for the signing and witnessing of your signature.
To assist you in making an informed decision, your vision correction surgeon will review with you the risks and complications specific to you. Please make your eye surgeon aware of unanswered questions or if you do not understand any topic. You will also be provided with a specific post-operative plan, to which you will also need to consent. Your eye surgeon is not required to explain risks that are extremely remote, or those that your eye surgeon does not know about, even if these risks become known at a later time.
Patient Consent Form
If you decide to undergo the laser eye procedure, after reading this material and speaking with your eye care professional, you will need to sign the Patient Consent Form(s), indicating that you have been advised of the nature of the vision correction procedure, its risks, benefits, alternatives, and that you are making an informed decision to undergo the procedure. You can also request a copy of your signed Consent Form(s). Click to download the Patient Consent Form.