When you decide to undergo laser eye surgery to correct your vision problems, make sure that you are thoroughly prepared for the procedure. Among the first things that you need to be certain about is the skills and knowledge of your LASIK surgeon, and how much you trust him to perform the procedure on you. Before your eye doctor sets the date of the surgery, make sure to ask him the following questions and receive answers that satisfy you.
How many LASIK surgeries have you performed?
This bit of information is actually important because it will help you gauge the doctor’s skills and his desire to help patients have clearer vision. On average, the surgeon should have performed no less than 250 refractive surgeries in the last 12 months. You should also ask how many times he has used the technology or performed the technique that he will be using on you in order for you to build confidence in the procedure and the doctor.
What happens after surgery?
Your surgeon should give you an aftercare list which includes the eye drops and medications to take, the activities and sports you can and can’t participate in, and the methods for keeping your eyes clean during recovery. He should also give you the schedule for your follow-up 24 hours after the procedure, as well as schedule you for one-week, one-month, and three-month follow-up visits. These visits will help your doctor determine how much your eyesight has improved and address complications that might come up.
Do you have testimonials from former patients?
Usually, LASIK surgeons keep testimonials from previous patients. If the doctor’s office allows it, try to contact former patients who had the same eye condition and had undergone the same type of refractive surgery. This will help you get a clearer picture of what will happen during surgery, as well as give you an idea of how much an improved eyesight can improve your life in general.