Over the past twenty years, the number of Laser eye surgery offices in the United States has skyrocketed. You can easily find many of these offices in every major city and in most mid-sized cities. But when looking for a center to perform this type of delicate surgery on your eyes, how do you choose? What should you look for?
1) You can start by asking Your current doctor for references. If you have a long term relationship with your current doctor, tell him that you are thinking of having laser eye surgery and ask him to recommend a specific surgeon for the procedure. It is important that he give you the name of a specific doctor and not just the name of a center as even within the same facility, you will find doctors with different levels of experience and expertise.
2) Another good resource is to ask a friend or acquaintance who has recently had laser eye surgery, and is satisfied with the result. He will be able to provide you with much more information regarding recovery times, degree of satisfaction with the result, the types of follow up procedures performed, and so on.
3) You can get a wealth of information from on-line forums – especially if you are lucky enough to find one that is specific to your city or town. On forums, you will find people much more willing to be open with their experiences despite various clinics and with various doctors. Forums such as these will not needlessly help you to find the best doctors and clinics for your procedure. They will, however, help you to avoid the bad ones as participants in these forums often go online to vent. If you see the names of the same facilities or doctors constantly coming up in negative comments, that is a god indication that these are institutions that you should probably avoid.
4) Finally, check out business review sites. In most cities, you will find websites and services that allow members to rate the level of satisfaction with businesses in their community. The membership fees for these sites are usually very small. Typically, the members are allowed to rate business based on a star system (ie, 1 star services versus 5 star services) or a grade (ie, grade A versus C). The amount of activity of the review site is key. If a site is extremely active, with lots of comments, you will probably get a real good feel for the best laser eye surgery places as well as the ones to avoid.