Thinking about having LASIK surgery? During your consultation, ask the LASIK surgeon these five questions to help you make the right decision for you.
If the answer to this is no, then it is really in your best interest to start over and find another LASIK surgeon. It is critically important to be evaluated by the surgeon who will be performing the surgery. Additionally, as the patient, you want to feel good about the person who will be operating on your eyes, and the only way you can do that is by meeting them prior to your surgery day.
LASIK surgery is surgery on your cornea, and ophthalmologists who become cornea specialists are required to do an extra year of training focusing exclusively on the cornea. This provides them with a depth and breadth of knowledge and experience that gives them additional insight when evaluating patients for LASIK surgery.
This can be a tricky question. Most LASIK surgeons do not want to reveal exactly how many procedures they do, which is fair. It’s important to have a LASIK surgeon who is experienced with many LASIK surgeries, but is also focused on patient care.
If the answer you hear is a blade, then you should move on. Blade LASIK was abandoned in 2000 with the release of the IntraLase femtosecond laser. Technological advancements continued and in 2010 the Wavelight FS200 was released to replace the IntraLase. The WaveLight FS200 femtosecond laser brought improved speed, precision and predictability to LASIK surgery.
This is obviously a very subjective question. You can ask ophthalmic technicians questions about post-operative care, medications, contacts lens wear prior to surgery, restrictions after surgery etc. Take advantage of this quality time with your LASIK surgeon to get to know their experience and make yourself comfortable with them.
Rarely will you have an opportunity to have a surgeon answer in their own words what makes them an excellent surgeon. Their answer will likely give you insight as to what type of person and what type of surgeon they are. It is this dialogue that will enable you to listen to your heart and your gut and make a decision that feels right to you!
After you have satisfactory answers to all your questions about LASIK surgery, read online reviews, and done your research then you are ready to have LASIK.
If you are ready to take the first step and have a complimentary LASIK consultation with a LASIK surgery expert, contact us and get ready to see more and live better.