Are You An Informed LASIK Patient? Questions To Ask Yourself

By Kerry Solomon, MD

becoming an informed LASIK patient

LASIK is so common these days, it seems like everyone who wants it has it done. But the fact is, not everyone is a good candidate for refractive surgery—what we often call vision correction surgery. I can tell you in my practice, about 20 percent of the LASIK patient prospects I see are ineligible for a variety of reasons. Some are medical: They have thin or irregular corneas or perhaps they have underlying health issues or take certain medications that can interfere with healing. Sometimes a LASIK patient prospect simply has unrealistic expectations about what a procedure can and can’t do.

I always remind my LASIK patients that vision correction procedures are surgical procedures and, like all surgery, there is a recovery and healing process involved. And, no matter how common a vision correction procedure is, it’s very important to understand both the benefits and the risks. My best LASIK patients are those who take the time to become informed. What does that mean? Here is what I recommend:

Vision correction surgery is a choice, not a medical necessity, so it is important to partner with your surgeon to make the choices that are best for your health and vision. Being informed about your choices is an important first step in a productive relationship with your refractive surgeon for a successful surgery.

Published December 21, 2015
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