How To Find The Best

Some folks spend months and years researching LASIK before they have a free Consultation to learn if they’re a candidate. Most of that research is an effort to satisfy concerns and apprehensions about the procedure and the outcome:

  • Will it hurt?
  • Will I really achieve 20/20?
  • What are the risks?
  • Can I afford it?
  • How do I find the right doctor?

Most of these come down to one main question:

  • Who can I trust with my vision?

The answer to that question should be “Only the best.” But how do you find the best?

The good news is that there are literally thousands of conscientious, committed, experienced and skilled eye surgeons all over America. Most are dedicated to providing the best vision possible for their patients and take enormous pride in doing that.

But how do you know if a particular surgeon is going to be right for you?

You may be lucky enough to get a personal recommendation, but even then the short answer is go and visit some centers. You can narrow down your focus by checking out websites of local independent surgeons or visiting the AVN-recommended doctor in your area.

Most centers will be happy for you to drop by or call up and ask questions, but if you feel rushed or on a production-line just walk out again and scratch that one off your list.

Here are some points to look for:

  • The doctor’s experience – this should be well-promoted if it is ample.
  • The doctor himself – impossible to meet him because he’s only there for the day of the procedures? Uh-oh. Or ‘he’d love to meet you but he is with a patient’. If you can’t see the doctor but the center is surgeon-owned, take a look at his staff: how do they look? Frazzled, or calm and focused on you not their cell phones?
  • The feel of the center – how’s the vibe? Friendly, relaxed, efficient? Are you made to feel at home or in the way?
  • Do you get your questions answered? Even the dumb ones? By report this is one of the biggest factors is deciding on a doctor or a center – that all questions were encouraged and answered candidly.
  • Find out if the surgeon is experienced with several procedures — such as LASIK, Epi-LASIK, LASEK, PRK, CK and Intra-Ocular Lens Implants so he can choose the one that will be best to address your particular vision issues.
  • Stories from other patients – these are usually posted on the website and should be plentiful. Read them all and you’ll gain a feel of how the doctor and his staff are regarded.
  • Ask about costs and financing – price is the least of your worries with most centers charging the national average, but some centers have very agreeable financing options and packages and should be very up front about answering.
  • Have the Free Consultation – if you haven’t done this already you really need to take the plunge. This is where you get to check out all the above – and learn if you’re actually a LASIK Candidate. There’s no other way to know for sure.

If you don’t like the way the consultation is done or just don’t click with the doctor and his staff, do not feel any obligation at all to sign up with that center. Getting a second opinion is absolutely okay in any medical process.