LASIK is short for “laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis”. It is one of the most preferred refractive surgery procedures because it is relatively painless and good vision is typically achieved the next day. It works well for healthy adults with healthy eyes to correct unclear vision caused by farsightedness, nearsightedness or astigmatism.
Choosing a LASIK surgeon is as crucial as choosing a heart doctor because a bad eye procedure outcome can have a negative effect on one’s life. It is important to qualify the eye surgeon you intend to consult by looking into his credentials, experience and willingness to work with patients until the best result is achieved.
Great Credentials and a Verifiable Background
Aside from the basic state license to practice medicine, the eye surgeon you choose must be board certified to practice in his specialty. The National Practitioner Data Bank, the American Medical Association and the American Board of Ophthalmology are good sources of information. The American College of Surgeons upholds the highest standards of conduct for its members and if your prospective surgeon has a history of unethical practices, think twice before you consult him.
Experience and a Solid Reputation
Look for a LASIK surgeon with a good track record and a solid reputation. He should be totally involved in the entire process, from the preoperative exam to the post operative check ups. Know how many procedures he has done in the past year and verify his success rate. Does he use his own surgical center? If not, it may be a red flag.
A good indication of an eye surgeon’s competence and versatility in his field is his knowledge and experience in other related procedures like PRK, LASEK, refractive lens exchange and other modern vision correction technology. If he is conversant in these procedures, you can be sure that he will recommend the best procedure to suit your specific vision needs.
Personalized Service and Genuine Interest in your Case
Find a LASIK surgeon with whom you can establish a relationship built on trust. Rapport is necessary all throughout the procedure but especially during healing time. If there will be issues later that require the doctor’s attention, you are confident he will be there to personally attend to your concerns, including a friendly and courteous staff.
When considering LASIK surgery, look for a trusted surgeon who can guarantee a clearer vision and a brighter future for you.