Picking the right car to buy? Easy. Picking the right person to date? Piece of cake. Picking the right doctor to perform corrective surgery on your eyes?? Difficult.
Ok, all of those decisions can be stressful, but this is on a whole other level, and rightfully so. These are your eyes. How do you possibly pick the right ophthalmologist?
Do you go by the best price? Maybe, but these are your eyes we’re talking about here and an ad in a free newspaper for $299 LASIK doesn’t exactly inspire the most confidence…
You want to choose a doctor you’ll feel confident with, and it’s not a bad idea to consult with more than one before you decide. But how do you know how to stack them up against one another? What questions should you ask?
Questions to ask the doctor:
What type of training have you had?
Of course you want your doctor to be licensed to perform LASIK in your state, but it’s also good to find out if they are certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. Board certified doctors are required to receive specific training, and to stay current on the latest and best practices by continuing their medical education to maintain their certification.
What equipment do you use?
Not all LASIK is created equal. There’s wavefront-guided and wavefront-optimized… There are also different systems for measuring your eye prescription and performing the procedure that an ophthalmologist may have in their office, based on what they consider to be the best technology available.
It’s good to ask your doctor what machines they use and how long they’ve been working with them.
What kind of results can I expect?
Here’s where you get out all the burning questions: How well can I expect to see? What is recovery like? Does LASIK wear off? Does it work on astigmatism? All of it.
While the doctor is best equipped to address your questions and concerns, there are a couple of things you should know. While a recent FDA study showed more than 95% of people who underwent LASIK were satisfied with their results, there are some common side effects to be aware of.
While side effects are rare they can include eye dryness, which may be severe, loss of visual acuity or the need for glasses and contacts after surgery, and visual disturbances like halos (hazy rings around lights), glare, starbursts, double images, and other visual irregularities that may be debilitating. Also, LASIK is not recommended if you have diabetes, a history of herpes simplex or herpes zoster keratitis, significant dry eye or serious allergies.
Make sure you get plenty of time to talk to your doctor about what your experience is likely to be like and anything you can do to impact the likelihood of side effects.
If you’re ready to have this conversation please contact our office for an iPrecision LASIK consultation. During your consultation, you may have several questions for Dr. Krajnyk, please don’t hesitate to ask him or his staff.
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