How to Choose a LASIK Surgeon
If you are considering getting LASIK surgery performed to fix your vision, you should begin your research with a qualified, experienced surgeon. You shouldn’t settle for any surgeon, and you need to research multiple surgeons prior to making a decision.
LASIK is an elective procedure, which means you will be paying for it out of your pocket, and no portion of it will be covered by insurance. Take this into consideration when choosing a surgeon, along with these other tips for choosing the right LASIK surgeon for you.
Ask for Referrals
The decision to have LASIK surgery usually comes after you’ve spoken in-depth with your regular eye care physician. Ask your eye doctor to provide you with referrals for LASIK surgeons they recommend. Tell your eye doctor that you would prefer to stay within your region unless you are willing to travel to find the best doctor, in which case, make sure you tell them how far you are willing to travel. Your eye doctor should be able to provide you with enough referrals and information on each surgeon for you to make an informed decision.
It’s also a good idea to look into the board certifications held by the surgeons prior to making a decision as to which one will perform your LASIK surgery. One board that requires eye doctors to complete training and continuing education courses is the American Board of Ophthalmology. You can easily search this board for certifications of the surgeons in which you have interest.
Many surgeons discuss their practice on the Internet through their websites. These can be very informative and a great place to start when choosing a LASIK surgeon. Use these sites as a starting point for finding out all you can about each surgeon in your area.
Questions to Ask Surgeons
The following is a list of questions you should ask each LASIK surgeon with whom you schedule a consultation. These questions should help you garner plenty of information about each surgeon, making your decision an easy one once this step is complete.
- How many procedures have you performed?
- Where are the procedures performed?
- Do you use a fixed or mobile laser?
- What is the follow-up procedure?
- What are your surgery rates?
- Do you offer payment plans?
This is far from an exhaustive list, so be sure to come up with some other questions on your own so you find out as much as possible when meeting with various surgeons.
Are You Currently Looking for a LASIK Surgeon? Contact Us Today!
At Northern Vision Eye Care, we would be thrilled to be on your list of possible LASIK surgeons. We have a tremendous amount of experience performing LASIK surgeries, we use the most advanced technologies, and we’ll make sure that you have all of the knowledge and understanding you need to make an informed decision. Take our LASIK quiz today, or better yet, give us a call today at 231.932.9000, or stop by our office at 4033 Eastern Sky Drive in Traverse City to schedule a consultation appointment.