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How to Choose your LASIK Surgeon


When performed by a highly skilled surgeon, LASIK is one of the safest surgical procedures available. As a result, the satisfaction rate among LASIK patients is well over 90%, a figure much higher than what is experienced in many other surgical procedures. The skill of your LASIK surgeon will greatly impact your results. Therefore, it is important to spend the proper time researching potential ophthalmologists to ensure that the surgeon you choose possesses the skills necessary to provide you with the excellent vision you desire.

Beginning your Search

While relying on print, radio, TV, and Internet advertising may be a helpful way to begin your search, it is important to avoid making a slick or flashy ad your main criteria for choosing your LASIK surgeon. Before scheduling a consultation with any surgeon you find via advertising, take the time to research his credentials, background, and experience.

Referrals can be an effective way to start your search. Learning from the experience of others will help you better understand what to look for in a potential LASIK surgeon. The following may be good sources of information:

  • Your regular eye care practitioner
  • Friends and family members who have undergone laser eye surgery
  • Internet sites that offer professional reviews of LASIK surgeons in your area, such as the American Academy of Ophthalmology

Do not make price an option in your search. Often, you get what you pay for. The more expensive LASIK procedures utilize more advanced techniques and technology, resulting in much better results. In order to ensure that you achieve the best vision possible after your procedure, you will want to take advantage of the latest advances in LASIK technology. If you can’t afford to do so, it is best to wait until you can.

Criteria to Use when Choosing a LASIK Surgeon

The following criteria are important to consider when searching for a qualified LASIK surgeon:

  • Experienced – How many times has your surgeon performed LASIK surgery with the same laser he will use on your procedure?
  • Equipment – Does your doctor use an FDA-approved laser for the procedure you need? Does your doctor use each microkeratome blade only once?
  • Informative – Is your doctor willing to spend the time to answer all your questions?
  • Long-term care – Does your doctor encourage follow-up management of you as a patient? Your preop and postop care may be provided by a doctor other than the surgeon.
  • Feel comfortable – Do you feel you know your doctor and are comfortable with an equal exchange of information?

Your initial consultation is an important chance for you to get to know your potential LASIK surgeon. It is important to ask any questions you have regarding the procedure or the surgeon’s skills and experience at this time. Do not be afraid to ask the surgeon for the names and contact information of several former patients who have undergone the same procedure as you. They will serve as important references.

Please contact an eye doctor in your area today to schedule an initial consultation.

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