You have probably been reading a lot lately about the wonders of laser surgery and you probably have a lot of questions. Well, you are not alone!
Refractive surgery is another option for vision correction besides eyeglasses and/or contact lenses. Natural, normal vision is made possible by surgically reshaping the cornea of the eye. Since the late 1970s, advances in technology and surgical procedures have made refractive surgery more predictable with the majority of patients having their vision corrected to 20/40 or better. The procedure is done on an outpatient basis with most people returning to their normal activities within one to three days.
Our office provides pre-surgical consultation, the selection of a refractive surgeon, and post-surgical care following the surgery.
There is a lot of hype and advertising today surrounding LASIK vision correction. Many people are flocking out of the country to have this form of refractive surgery done at what appears a phenomenal price. We encourage you to investigate the option of refractive surgery thoroughly. Below is a list of questions that you should ask your optometrist or eye care practitioner before you make a final decision:
- Would your optometric physician have his eyes treated by the surgeon you are considering?
- How long has this surgeon been committed to refractive surgery?
- How many LASIK procedures has this surgeon performed?
- What is his re-treatment rate?
- What is the complication rate for this surgeon or center?
- What is the protocol for dealing with surgical complications?
- What are the statistical outcomes? (Request a copy of these in writing.)
- Have any patients required cornea transplantation because of surgery?
- Are there any previous or pending litigations against this surgeon or center?
- Do the initial fees include a lifetime warranty for re-treatment if necessary?
- Is all postoperative care included for one year, and are the results of this care communicated to the surgeon to assist in the ongoing algorithms to fine-tune the laser to improve patient outcomes?
As your optometrists, we are dedicated to ensuring the finest surgical outcomes and patient experiences and want to be your source of consultation and refractive surgical options. We have co-managed many surgical patients and therefore, can be an invaluable source of information. We encourage you to contact our office in you are considering this procedure.
The following are information Web sites that will educate you on the LASIK procedure and provide you with answers to frequently asked questions: