For people who have worn glasses all their lives, or for those who have problems with contact lenses because of chronic eye issues and need a better alternative, the prospect of LASIK surgery has become very popular in the last several years. As the demand for the procedure grew, the number of facilities offering the service followed, creating market competition that helped reduce the cost of the procedure over time.
But when it comes to your vision, the old adage, “You get what you pay for,” is important to heed. This is not to say that the highest priced procedure is going to provide the best results or that a lower-cost offer is any less valuable. There are many factors to take into account before choosing a clinic and surgeon that is right for you. Here are a few tips:
– The Initial Consultation. Not all patients are good candidates for laser vision correction. A qualified and ethical doctor will do a comprehensive eye exam prior to scheduling surgery to thoroughly evaluate and analyze your eyes and vision needs. The consultation should provide you with plenty of time to ask questions and your doctor should be able to answer all of your concerns in easy-to-understand language. If you are pressured into getting the procedure schedule, if you don't have a good rapport with the doctor and staff, or if you walk away from the consultation more confused than when you went in, seek out another clinic.
– The Doctor. You can do online searches of doctors in the area who perform LASIK surgeries to make sure they are board certified and up to date on all of the latest procedures. You can also check to see how experienced they are in performing the procedure by reviewing how many years they've been offering it. Look for reviews that other patients have left about their experience with a particular doctor and/or clinic to read about what others think.
– The Equipment. LASIK surgery is obviously a very precise procedure, so you'll want to be sure the clinic you're interested in has the most up-to-date and sophisticated machinery available. You'll also want to make sure you doctor is fully trained on using said equipment.
– Word of Mouth. Social media provides us with a great way to get feedback from our friends and colleagues. Use your contacts to find out if anyone else you personally know has had the procedure done, where they had it done, what they thought of the doctor and staff, and how well they felt the procedure went. You'll likely get positive comments about a number of doctors and clinics, so if you already have a particular place in mind, this could be a good way to confirm whether others have had a good or bad experience there.