When considering laser eye surgery, one of the most important decisions that you will have to make is what surgeon to choose. And with hundreds of such surgeons to choose from, sometimes within a single city, the average consumer can easily be confused as to how to make his selection. A big mistake, however, is to go with whatever clinic is offering the best sale that week or to choose the first one that comes up on an internet search. So, how do you choose?
The process should usually start with a recommendation from your current eye doctor or general practice physician. In addition, if you have friends who have recently been through the procedure, get recommendations from them as well. You want to get the names of at least three laser eye surgeons that you can interview.
Also, many cities, especially the larger ones, have sites that allow consumers to rate various service providers. These ratings can be extremely helpful in guiding you towards a final choice.
Secondly, you want to make a list of questions to ask the doctor. The list will, of course, be unique to your circumstances because everyone has different concerns that are important to them. It is helpful to write your list of questions down as, many times, you may forget to ask some of the most important questions once you get into the interview.
In general, however, you will want to know how long he has practiced laser eye surgery, how many operations he has performed, what types of surgeries he is licensed for, and other information that reveals his depth of knowledge in the field of eye surgery . You will also want to know who will actually perform the operation – him or a medical assistant.
Most importantly, you will want to know if he is currently board certified to practice laser eye surgery and that his certification is up to date. By contacting your state's licensing board, you can ensure that he is licensed to perform the surgery in your state.
A good surgeon will probably want to ask you questions as well. Most importantly, he will want to know if you have any medical conditions, such as diabetes or high blood pressure, which may complicate the procedure or rule it out completely. So, be prepared to discuss any medical issues.
Before you attend the interview, make a decision not to sign any papers on the spot. In fact, do not make any decision until after all of your interviews are done. And, if you have any follow up questions, do not hesitate to call and get the answers to them.