5 Tips for Researching LASIK Online
If you are interested in having LASIK, doing your homework, researching LASIK online, and finding out as much as you can about the surgery is essential to making a good decision for you and your vision.
Not surprisingly, you can find a wealth of information about LASIK online. Some of this information can make it much easier for you to research your vision problem, learn about LASIK procedure options, check on costs, and find qualified refractive surgeons near you.
To help you get started, the American Refractive Surgery Council offers these tips for researching LASIK online.
- Because vision correction surgery is a matter of your health, it is important to rely on credible, medically accurate information. Use authoritative medical websites such as the Mayo Clinic, the Cleveland Clinic, or your local medical university to learn about the procedure. Research the risks as well as the benefits and understand what the procedure can and can’t do.
For example, LASIK can free you from glasses and contact lenses, or reduce your dependence on them. But it has limitations. In particular, LASIK can’t stop the aging process. Your eyes will continue to age and you may need glasses for reading at some point in the future.
How did they prepare for their surgery?
What happened during the procedure?
When did they return to their normal routines?
Did they have any side effects?
Did they get the results they expected?
Would they recommend their surgeon?
Use forums, message boards, and online discussion groups to hear other people’s experiences firsthand. Online communities form around common areas of interest where LASIK can make a difference to people’s lives—from parents to outdoor enthusiasts and even pilots.
This is a great avenue for finding people who share your interests and hearing about their experiences with the procedure. Many people blog, make videos, or simply report on their LASIK experiences online. Some are interested in sharing their personal journey, some are sponsored. Don’t discount the experiences of those that have been compensated by the sponsor—the FTC requires bloggers to disclose their financial relationships. But, regardless of whether the posts are sponsored or not, these genuine first-person accounts can be very valuable.
If you’re curious about how the surgery is performed, you can check out surgery videos on YouTube or Vimeo. Many surgeons post procedure videos on their sites. These videos can be very instructive—but if you are at all squeamish you may not find it comforting to watch any type of surgery.
You can find out the cost of LASIK online (many LASIK centers advertise special deals), but use this information as a general guide. You should expect to pay more for a highly-skilled surgeon who is experienced in performing LASIK and uses the latest technologies. Remember, getting a great deal should not be the deciding factor for any surgical procedure. It’s much more important that you select a surgeon who you trust and have a good rapport with.
Remember that anyone can put anything on the internet. Take time to check the source of the material you find. Make sure the information comes from a credible person or organization and verify everything with your ophthalmologist or surgeon. Being an informed patient is a good way to set yourself up for success with LASIK or any medical procedure.
The best way to get the most accurate information is to talk to us directly. We offer a free consultation and are happy to answer all of your questions.
(source: American Refractive Surgery Council)