Tips on What a Good Lasik Eye Surgeon Should NOT Be
Contradictory as it may seem, the information explosion about Lasik
surgery and the growing number of doctors specializing in the Lasik
surgery field has made it all the more confusing for the first-time
patient to decide on whom to choose to do their Lasik surgery. Various
tempting offers, claims and recommendations for Lasik doctors are
not much help either. While trying to process all these information
that will hopefully educate you to help choose the right surgeon,
you will have to do some faithful research and sift the information
so you could narrow them down to a more manageable data. I would
like to share with you two tips what NOT to do when deciding who
is the best Lasik eye surgeon to employ.
is costly, although not as costly as before, but still not as affordable
to many people. Since Lasik surgery is considered as an elective
procedure most health insurance do not cover it. Taking these two
factors into consideration, big clinics are offering financing package.
For some clinics offering temptingly low prices, you have to be
resolute NOT to give in, that is, until you have considered all
the other factors.
Sadly, some Lasik surgeons make so many guarantees in their advertorials
that are quite deceptive. The pictures, statements and testimonials
used make Lasik seem as easy and simple as having a pedicure and
that he or she is greatest surgeon in the whole world. This Lasik
surgeon could really be one of the best in the field or the statements
may just be so exaggerated for publicity. Lasik is an amazing medical
advancement but it is not as uncomplicated as they want it to appear.
Lasik is a very sophisticated surgical procedure that requires expert
and precise use of two very complex equipment. So decide for yourself
if you actually want to entrust your eyes, in the hands of this
surgeon based on his advertisements that could have been put together
by a spokesperson and a polished copywriter hired by an unscrupulous
This is a better approcah:
As soon as you have decided that the advertisements are so hyped
and cost is not your main factor in choosing a Lasik surgeon, then
you are now equipped with the following pointers that will guide
you in deciding correctly.
There are a lot of books, pamphlets, and reliable internet sites
where you can get direct information regarding the basic Lasik as
well as the risks and complications that come with the procedure
and what results can you look forward to if the procedure is successful.
Gather as much data as you can not only for your knowledge but also
for reference when you have your first appointment with the eye
doctor. A tip on Internet inquries: Lasik was approved by the FDA
in 1998. From that that period, numerous of developments in the
procedure were implemented in theapparatus as well as in the prerequisite
for patient selection. You have to be certain that the materials
you read are updated facts. It is hard to determine how recently
posted many of the materials are in the internet.
The eye doctors in your
area: One useful and trustworhty site that you can
checkout is the one of The
American Academy of Ophthalmology. The website is mainly
dedicated to their member Ophthalmologists but it also has informative
links to eye care and searches for members of the academy located
in your area.
Look for the FACS accreditation.
The letters FACS affixed after the surgeon’s name denotes
that the doctor belongs to the prestigious 'Fellow of the American
College of Surgeons.' Surgeons with the FACS title have been meticulously
assessed in the fields of education, training, experience, porficiency
and ethics. Apparently, a Lasik surgeon with this designation is
highly qualified to do the procedure.
Inquire from your eye doctor:
If you are contemplating to undergo Lasik, then your optometrist
might give you a good referral for a Lasik surgeon.
After getting a number of qualified Lasik surgeons in your area
from your research, schedule meetings with all the doctos in your
list. Also have a ready record of clarifications and concerns so
you can ask them in your meeting with the surgeons. After each consultation
and your concerns have been answered, request to be toured within
the center and take note of the clinic’s operation. By doing
this, you will be able to have some impressions on the surgeon,
the facilities and the staff. Write down all your impressions so
you can review them later when you are already collating all the
information and impressions you have gathered. Finally, you will
be able to narrow down your choice to the Lasik surgeon who has
won your trust.