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Laser Eye Surgery: Five Questions You Must Ask Your Doctor

Jul 16, 2008
So, you're looking into getting lasik eye surgery? If so, you're making a very popular choice these days. More and more people every day are getting their vision corrected with the help of lasik surgery.

However, even though lasik is a very well tested procedure, its not without its risks. Fortunately, these risks can be reduced if you take the right steps before going into the surgery. The most important factor in having a successful lasik operation is making sure that you have a good, quality doctor. To help out with this assessment, here are five questions you should be asking your doctor before having laser eye surgery:

1. How Long Have You Been Doing Lasik?

This is critical. Experience is always a good thing, especially when your eyes are at stake. Because of the popularity of laser eye surgery, there are many practices sprouting up, but you're much better off sticking with a more established one. This is worth shopping around for.

2. What is your rate of success?

Getting a good, honest answer is essential. Of course, when you ask for this figure, you need to know how your doctor defines success. If the surgery doesn't go quite as well as expected (you get over or under corrected), you may have to go in for "enhancements," which means glasses or contacts. Since these are exactly what you're trying to avoid, find out what the rate is for these. You should expect something like five to fifteen percent. Any higher, and you should be worried.

3. What Are the Risks?

Any honest doctor should tell you about the risks involved with laser eye surgery. These aren't flawless processes, so any doctor who tells you otherwise shouldn't be trusted. However, don't worry too much, most of these side effects are mild. Most people never have any issues at all.

4. How Is the Recovery Phase Handled?

The recovery portion of your surgery is critical to your success. Make sure that you're provide with very clear instructions on what to do, and make sure that they will be following up with you regularly after the surgery. You don't want to just get dumped on the street after having the surgery performed.

5. Why Should I Choose You Over Your Best Competitor?

This question will help you find out what unique selling propositions your doctor has, and what they're most proud of in their practice. You want the answer to be something about the quality of the service, not the price. Remember, these are your only set of eyes, don't skimp on them.

I hope all this has helped give you some idea of what you should be looking into doctors for laser eye surgery. Thanks for reading, and good luck with your hunt for a quality lasik doctor.
About the Author
David Wilson invites you to learn more about lasik surgery at the New York Lasik Surgery Guide. Here, you'll find more great information about laser eye surgery in New York that will apply no matter where you live.
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