This test uses sound waves to measure the thickness of the cornea in the eye(s). It is called pachymetry.
An ultrasound of the eye, also called echography, uses sound waves to create images and measurements of the structures in the eye(s). Pachymetry is a specific ultrasound test that measures corneal thickness. Corneal thickness is important because:
Pachymetry may also be needed if you are being considered for corneal surgery like LASIK or have certain diseases of the cornea.
An ultrasound of the eye takes about 15 minutes and is usually painless.
Your healthcare provider will tell you if you need to do anything to prepare for the ultrasound.
The costs for this test include the charge for the test (facility charge) and physician charges (for performing or interpreting the test). You may get separate bills from the facility and the physician's office.
What should I ask my healthcare provider before having this test?
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