Finding Red Flags: Signs a LASIK Surgeon Is Not Right for You
While there are thousands of highly-qualified eye surgeons across the country who perform LASIK, how do you decide which one is the best for you? Depending on where you live, you might be limited to just one or two surgeons in your area. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take the time to find someone who’s the right fit—even if it means a little extra travel time.
As with any surgery, it’s important to find a LASIK surgeon you feel comfortable with and who you trust to do a great job.
Look for a qualified surgeon who is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and has lots of experience performing the LASIK procedure. He or she should be eager to answer all of your questions so you can make an informed decision. This includes making you fully aware of the risks and benefits in order to make a choice that is right for you.
And while we can encourage you to ask questions or advise you to “make the right choice,” let’s turn this on its head a little. Much like interviewing for a job, you need to actively find ways to disqualify the person on the other side of the desk.
Here are a few red flags to know if a LASIK surgeon is NOT RIGHT for you.
The surgeon is NOT board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and does not have a lot of experience in performing LASIK procedures.
The surgeon does NOT discuss the operation with you in great detail or make clear the risks and benefits.
The surgeon does NOT explain everything in easy-to-understand language, uses too much medical jargon.
The surgeon does NOT take the time to help you understand and review forms.
The surgeon is NOT willing to answer all your questions.
The surgeon is NOT willing to provide current and past patient referrals.
You do NOT feel comfortable with the surgeon or their staff – they’re not friendly or professional, for instance.
You do NOT feel confident the facilities meet high standards for quality and safety.
The consultation feels like a sales pitch or you feel pressured by the surgeon or staff to commit to having the procedure performed.
Your surgeon and his or her staff should be a partner in achieving your vision goals. The right LASIK surgeon is highly qualified, trustworthy, ethical and someone who you have a good rapport with.
While there are no hard or fast rules to follow, consider scheduling consultations with at least two or three surgeons before making your decision. This will allow you to evaluate and compare each one to find the LASIK surgeon who is right for you.
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(source: American Refractive Surgery Council)