LASIK surgery is a relatively safe procedure. However, just like any other medical process, it comes with its own set of risks and complications. But the good news comes as these risks can be diminished if you find a good eye surgeon who has years of experience and expertise in their respective field.
But the question becomes how you find a credible surgeon who can be trusted with your eyesight. The answer is simple and requires a bit of research. The indicators of a quality surgeon include experience, authentic credentials, certification and not to mention readiness to help their patients and work with them. These tips will help you in initiating the groundwork required for determining the right eye doctor who will perform your treatment.
The first step in finding a reliable eye doctor is to check with the licensing board. These boards can corroborate the surgeon’s credentials which will give you the confidence to proceed further. You can also refer to the National Practitioner Data Bank to get a list of licensed surgeons.
Request for Board Certification
You can ask your surgeon to produce a copy of their certification by the board that legalizes their license to perform this surgery. Any good medical institution like Sugarland Eye & Laser Center in Houston will have a board certification that is recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties.
When you are looking for a refractive surgeon through advertisement, make sure that they offer as much information as possible. You may also be able to find a good deal that can make the LASIK procedure affordable for you. While this is definitely a kick start into looking for further information, price points should not be the defining criteria. You must research further about the authenticity of the doctor and his experience in LASIK surgery.
Ask for Recommendations and Referrals
The good old word of mouth is the best way to get information about a reputed eye doctor. You can ask for recommendations from your regular eye practitioner. You can also ask for referrals from the LASIK surgeon who is located in another region or state to recommend one in your area.
Finding the right surgeon is only one part of the whole process. Once you have finally zeroed in on a few names, it is time for an appointment and/or consultation. In this meeting, you should ask as many questions as possible so that you can get a fair idea of the treatment, associated costs and the potential risks associated with it. These are some of the questions you can ask during your appointment.
The number of LASIK surgeries
If the treatment will be performed at the same center or if it involves traveling to another center
Post-operative care offered by the surgeon
Is there an additional charge for the enhancement surgery, if needed
The fees and policies structure as well as the payment methods available
You should choose a surgeon who has experience in not just LASIK, but also other types of laser eye surgeries so that your treatment can be customized, if required.
Sugarland Eye & Laser Center leads in providing premium LASIK technologies to Houston, Sugar Land, and the surrounding region. The Center’s award-winning medical director introduced revolutionary technologies such as iLASIK to the region. This technology is used by NASA astronauts, Navy SEALS and Air Force fighter pilots. At Sugarland Eye & Laser Center, you can now receive the same treatment. For more information, please call (281) 240-0478 or visit us at www.houston-lasik.com.
About the Author
Amjad Khokhar, M.D. is Chief LASIK Surgeon at Sugarland Eye & Laser Center. Add Dr. Khokhar on Google+ here.