What To Look For When Choosing a LASIK Eye Surgeon

Last Updated October 11, 2021
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If you are seriously considering a laser vision correction procedure and don’t have a relationship with a refractive or LASIK eye surgeon (an ophthalmologist specializing in LASIK and other  laser vision correction procedures), here are a few suggestions for choosing and having a consultation with a LASIK surgeon:

  1. Be comfortable with your LASIK eye surgeon. He or she should be eager to answer all your questions and help you make an informed decision.  That includes a discussion about the risks and benefits of LASIK and other laser vision correction procedures you might be a candidate for. LASIK is a safe and effective procedure but there are limits to what it can achieve.  Be wary of a practice that overpromises on results or dismisses potential risks.
  2. Ask about the surgeon’s experience. The more experience a surgeon has, the better. A reputable surgeon should welcome any inquiries into his training and expertise. It is not uncommon for a highly experienced surgeon to have performed more than 25,000 LASIK procedures.
  3. Talk about candidacy.  Not everyone is a good candidate for LASIK – in fact, 15-25 percent of patients don’t meet the qualification standards.  Patient selection is essential to a good outcome, so understanding your surgeon’s process is important. Certain medical issues, such as diabetes or thin or damaged corneas, may rule out LASIK as a good option for some people. However, there are other vision correction procedures, such as SMILE or PRK, that may be suitable for a given patient’s needs.
  4. Choose professionalism over price. It’s natural to want to get a good deal, but this is an investment in the quality of vision and life – prioritize expertise and experience over price. A consultation shouldn’t feel like a sales process, you shouldn’t feel pressured to commit to the procedure right away.  A LASIK consult should be a thorough evaluation of your eye health and vision to gather all the needed to make a solid recommendation about vision correction. 
  5. Ask about their technology. Not all LASIK surgeons have access to or invest in the most advanced equipment.  Ask your LASIK surgeon specifically about the laser vision correction technology they use and why a particular one may be better for the vision correction procedure you need.

How to make the most out of your LASIK eye surgeon consultation

To help you prepare for a productive conversation with your LASIK eye surgeon, we’ve put together this LASIK patient checklist to help you organize your thoughts and guide you through your consultation.

LASIK Patient Checklist

Published September 23, 2021