How to Choose a LASIK Surgeon

Story by Perla Sarabia Johnson

Are you tired of wearing contacts or glasses? Do you suffer from nearsightedness, astigmatism, or farsightedness? If you’ve had enough of the hassle, it’s probably time to consider finding a doctor who can help you out with the LASIK procedure. This ophthalmologist will evaluate your vision to see if you are a good candidate for the procedure. The physician will handle the surgery and follow up visits. After your recovery, the ophthalmologist will examine your eyes to assure that they have healed properly and are healthy without any signs of infection. This doctor will also check your vision after the procedure. It’s hard to argue with the benefits of letting contacts and glasses no longer be something you need.

When it comes to finding well-qualified LASIK providers, referrals from your general practitioner or optometrist will be a good starting point. Then, contact your insurance provider and check to see that the recommended ophthalmologists accept your plan. Call their offices or look online to make sure they are board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. Research how many years of experience they have and how many LASIK procedures they have performed. Ask for literature showing patient testimonials.

Once you are ready to schedule a consultation, make your office visit a fact-finding mission to ensure that you have selected the right LASIK surgeon. Knowing that the doctor uses the latest state-of-the-art technology is vital to the success of your procedure. Talk to your doctor about the various procedures, how they work, and what is best for your situation. Are they patient in answering your questions?

Ask about price and if the practice offers payment plans. Not having to pay in a lump sum is always a plus, especially if your insurance isn’t covering the procedure. However, if you are interested in a payment plan, ask if an additional fee will be charged. Be cautious of only basing your selection on the cheapest procedure available. The low price may be a warning sign that you may not be getting the highest quality doctor or cutting-edge technology. Also, keep in mind that if your eye problems are severe, that higher level of vision correction could increase the price.

Learn what’s included in the price. Does it include post-procedure visits, and if so, how many? Are temporary eyeglasses or contacts required following the surgery, and are they included in the price? How long will you have to wear corrective lenses if needed?  Make sure the physician addresses all your concerns, especially LASIK’s risks, discomfort, and recovery time. Ask about any medications that you will be required to take following the procedure, any side effects, and how long you will be required to use the pharmaceuticals. Find out if the medications are included in the price discussed. Lastly, always ask for a written quote. That way, you can keep your eye on finding the best doctor in the field without having to focus on going over budget. For some people, LASIK can be life changing. Making the right choice when it comes to a provider will help you make sure it’s life-changing for the better.

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