Are You Wondering: Should I get LASIK?
Should I get LASIK? If you struggle with glasses or contact lenses in order to see well, you may be asking yourself this very question. Asking questions – a lot of questions – is the best way to determine if it’s right for you.
Because, frankly, if you are considering a vision correction procedure – or surgery of any kind – being an informed patient is the most important first step. And becoming an informed patient means spending the time to research and consider.
LASIK is an elective procedure, which means the choice to have it is yours. Determining whether it will fit your lifestyle and personality, understanding both the risks and benefits and working with a trusted surgeon, should all be part of your research.
If you’re considering LASIK, this step-by-step guide from the American Refractive Surgery Council will help you on your journey – from identifying your personal goals to writing down questions.
Goals: It’s important to understand what you want out of a vision correction – is it a lifestyle choice? A career need? Or simply the desire to rid yourself of glasses or contact lenses. Writing 2-3 sentences about what you want out of LASIK will help you have a better conversation with your surgeon.
Friends and Family: Talk with your friends and family who have had LASIK and learn as much as you can about what their experience was like. Ask about everything from the first consultation to recovery.
LASIK Surgeons In My Area: As part of your conversations with friends and families, note their surgeons. Referrals from friends and family are a good first start to finding a surgeon who will be right for you.
Questions: What do you want to know about LASIK? What are your questions? Should I get LASIK? Am I a good candidate? What are the risks? What can I expect post-LASIK and throughout recovery? Write down every question you have.
When you are ready, download the form, fill it out and bring it with you to your LASIK consultation. It is a good guide for not only helping you answer the question “should I get LASIK” but also in talking with the surgeon.
(source: American Refractive Surgery Council)