Finding a good LASIK surgeon
You want to find a good LASIK surgeon. Of course you do. You wouldn’t trust your eyesight in the hands of anyone who was considered anything less. But what does it actually mean to be a good laser eye surgeon?
Does being a qualified doctor and having some experience, and maybe a name badge, make them so?
Or does them having a special this-week-only offer do the trick?
The reality is many people are unaware they need to differentiate between someone who calls themselves a laser eye surgeon and someone who is an expert laser eye surgeon.
In every day life it’s common for us to make judgements solely based on factors such as cost, appearance, and other information we have available at the time. We can walk into a cafe or restaurant and analyse our surroundings, assess the staff and clientele, and develop our own opinion of the place in a matter of milliseconds.
Therefore, we think we can walk down the high street into one of the many Laser Eye Surgery providers and believe we can do just the same. However, unfortunately this isn’t the case—mainly due to the way in which the Laser Eye Surgery industry is regulated. For instance, although Laser Eye Surgery is a specialist procedure, to perform the surgery you don’t need to have specialist training.
For that reason and a few others, we’re going to take a look at what you need to know to find a good laser eye surgeon. This will be split into two sections: expertise and experience, and process and aftercare regime.
Check a surgeons experience and expertise
Industry regulations mean that to become a laser eye surgeon you must be registered as a doctor with the General Medical Council (GMC). But as we pointed at earlier, you’re not required to have any specialist training in the area. There is a recommendation to undertake specialist training from the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, but this is not a legal requirement.
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This makes checking the qualifications and experience of a surgeon one of the most important things you can do. Here are a few questions to consider asking when assessing a surgeon’s credentials and expertise:
- Have you had formal refractive surgery training?
- Are you a trained corneal specialist?
- How many years experience do you have and how often do you perform surgeries?
- Do you specialise in a particular type of surgery? (for example LASIK, ReLEx SMILE, Laser Blended Vision, etc.)
- What range of prescriptions do you treat? (some clinics have newer technology which allows them to treat very high prescriptions).
- Can I see your results and safety record for patients with a similar prescription to me?
Assessing their process and aftercare
The more time your surgeon can spend with you the better. It’ll not only mean greater accuracy and results, but an all-round more comfortable and enjoyable experience.
The number and length of pre-operative checks leading up to your treatment can vary from clinic to clinic. It can be as little as a one hour appointment on the high street, to up to four hours at an independent clinic. The reason it can be so long is due to the various eye and vision tests and exams, along with the dedicated consultation with your surgeon where you can ask them any questions you may have.
It’s also important to consider a surgeon’s aftercare regime and if they’ll be on hand should you need them post-surgery.
Generally for around a year afterwards you should stay on the clinic’s radar and receive a check up from time to time. This ensures all is well with your new vision, and allows you, should the desired outcome not have been met, to discuss further options of treatment.
Here’s a few questions to consider asking when you have your initial appointment at the clinic:
- Will I see the surgeon before the date of the surgery?
- Can I see the surgeon post-surgery?
- What does your aftercare regime include and how long does it last?
Equip yourself with these questions and a bit of knowledge about the Laser Eye Surgery industry, and it won’t take you long to find a clinic and surgeon that are perfect for you.
If you’d like to book a consultation at London Vision Clinic, or find out more about the procedure, leave us a comment or give us a call us on 020 7224 1005.