Questions to Ask at Your LASIK Consultation
December 19, 2018 • 0 comments
The first step toward achieving your best vision without glasses or contacts is to consult a qualified LASIK surgeon. I personally meet with each and every patient that contacts my practice for a consultation to learn about their needs and recommend the best treatment approach for their goals.
To help you get the information you need to make educated decisions about laser vision correction, I recommend you ask your LASIK surgeon the following questions during your consultation:
Do I meet the candidacy requirements for LASIK?
Your safety and needs should be your surgeon’s foremost priorities. LASIK is a life-changing procedure, but it isn’t right or safe for everyone. Certain factors like your eyes’ unique anatomy or the state of your health, may increase the risks of surgery or jeopardize the outcome of your procedure.
Your surgeon should take the time to evaluate your current vision prescription, eye health and visual goals before recommending you for surgery. If the surgeon determines that you are not a candidate for LASIK, he or she should recommend a better solution to your vision correction needs.
What kind of results can I expect with LASIK?
Based on your level of nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism, your surgeon should be able to explain how your eyes will respond to LASIK. You may learn that you will need glasses in far fewer situations less than you currently do (i.e., only for certain activities) or that you will hardly ever need glasses.
What are the risks of surgery?
Understanding the potential risks of surgery is a key part of being an informed patient. Inquire about the potential risks and aftereffects that you may experience. Your surgeon can also explain what they do to minimize these risks.
What type of technology is used during surgery?
The technology a surgeon uses during LASIK significantly influences your outcomes and the quality of your vision after surgery. Using the latest lasers also reduces the chances of side effects and complications. Your surgeon should be able to break down the basis of the technology they use and explain how it directly affects surgical outcomes and safety.
How long will it take my eyes to recover and adjust from LASIK?
Recovery is a critical aspect of the surgical experience, and it is important you have a clear understanding of what to expect. Your LASIK surgeon should lay out a general timeframe for when you will be able to see clearly enough to resume work, exercise, driving and socializing.
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