Choosing a Surgeon
When considering any elective surgery, you want to make sure you choose a qualified, skilled and experienced surgeon to perform the procedure.
Your LASIK outcome often depends more on the abilities of your refractive surgeon than the type of LASIK technology used.
Here are important factors to consider and questions to ask when choosing a LASIK surgeon:
• How many years has the surgeon been performing refractive surgery?
• How many LASIK procedures has the surgeon performed in the past year?
• Does the surgeon perform procedures at their own center, or will travel to another location be necessary?
• Is the surgeon certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology?
• Is the surgeon a member of the American College of Surgeons? The ACS upholds ethical standards for surgeons, including refractive eye surgeons.
• What is the surgeon's LASIK success rate for patients who have had refractive errors comparable to yours and are in your age group?
• Does the surgeon offer other types of refractive surgery besides LASIK in the event that you may be a better candidate for a different vision correction procedure?
Finally, consider visiting more than one surgeon for a pre-operative consultation. It's always good to have choices, and one LASIK surgeon may just feel more "right" to you than another, equally qualified surgeon.