Understanding the Informed Consent for LASIK

Last Updated October 13, 2021
Signing a LASIK Informed Consent Form

There is a lot to do when you are preparing to have surgery – any surgery. From having someone on hand to drive and, perhaps, care for you while you recover to making sure you have the prescribed medications on hand when you get home. One of the most important parts of preparing for surgery is getting, reading and taking the time to thoroughly understand the Informed Consent form you receive from your surgeon.

As with any surgery or other vision-correcting procedure, the informed consent form is designed to help you understand the procedure you have chosen – and this is good – particularly with elective procedures such as LASIK. You need and deserve to know as much about LASIK as possible before you make the personal decision to have the procedure. The informed consent form is an important part of the education process. It helps you not only become an informed patient; but also ensures you make your decision with confidence and understanding.

An ophthalmologist talking through the informed consent with a patient

Importantly, becoming an informed patient isn’t just about reviewing the informed consent form. There are many steps along the way. Some you should do on your own and some will be done with your surgeon and/or the practice staff, which is why the selection of a surgeon is another very important step in the process; you want a professional who has your best interest in mind. While every practice is different, there are a few basics that indicate you are working with a practice that takes its obligation to educate and support you seriously:

While it is among the last steps in the lead up to surgery, the informed consent form deserves your time and attention so you have full knowledge of the benefits and risks associated with your procedure. Set yourself up for success in achieving your vision goals by giving the surgical informed consent form more than a cursory read.

Published February 23, 2016