To Choose a Surgeon — Including Tough Questions To Ask
Studies have shown that the factor which your
LASIK surgery success depends on the most is your surgeon’s
expertise and skill. Minor factors such as the type of laser used,
and heat and humidity in the environment, can also affect LASIK
surgery results, however these factors are miniscule when compared
to how a surgeon’s performance affects your LASIK surgery
results. In order to make sure that you choose the right surgeon,
here is a list of questions that you need to ask your potential
How many LASIK procedures have you performed?
How many LASIK procedures of this type have you performed? How
many LASIK procedures have you performed this month? You will
be able to use the answer to these questions to make a more informed
choice as to which LASIK surgeon you wish to choose.
Is your laser FDA approved? Is the laser FDA approved
for this procedure? How many surgeries have you performed using
this procedure? Have any third parties made adjustments to the
laser since it has been purchased? Was the laser produced in the
United States? It is important to remember that not all lasers
used for LASIK are approved by the FDA, and some lasers are not
FDA approved for specific types of procedures. Laser safety is
also a key concern, and it is important that you only receive
LASIK surgery from a laser that is purchased in the United States
and which has not received adjustments by third parties.
What is the percentage of your previous patients
which have received 20/20 or better vision, and the percentage
of your previous patients which have received 20/40 vision? What
are your complication rates? What percentage of patients do you
turn down? If your doctor has success and complication rates close
to the national average, than you know you are on the right track.
Likewise, not everyone is a good candidate for LASIK surgery and
an honest doctor will have to turn down patients from time to
What diagnostic tests do you perform before the
surgery takes place? Before LASIK surgery is performed, it is
important for your doctor to perform a preliminary evaluation
on your eyes. This evaluation should include checking for dry
eyes, measuring the pupil, and mapping your cornea in its natural
shape, (cornea shape is affected by contact wear).
Have you performed LASIK on any staff members
that I can talk to, or do you have previous patients that I can
contact? Contact with your doctor’s references should be
an important piece to helping you decide which doctor to choose.
While you may feel embarrassed or intimidated
at the thought of asking a doctor questions, keep your eyes in
mind. LASIK eye surgery is generally safe, but complications can
occur. Your doctor’s skill and experience can help to reduce
your risks of developing complications from LASIK, and many of
these complications can be permanent. Any doctor that is not willing
to spend the time with you to answer your questions should not
be considered for your LASIK surgery.