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38 Questions to ask when considering laser eye surgery
 Can I see your results for patients with a similar prescription to me?
A good clinic should publish their results in clearly labelled detail, so that you can examine the results that are most relevant to you. For example, results for patients with short-sightedness between -1.00 D and -3.00 D will have less relevance to you if you have -6.00 D of short-sightedness, or if you are long-sighted. You will need
to ensure that you are looking at the right group of patients in order to evaluate surgical results properly.
On top of this, some clinics do not publish surgical results relating to near vision after laser eye surgery. If you are over
40 and considering laser eye surgery for presbyopia (natural ageing of the eyes), you should ask to look at surgical results for near vision as well as distance vision. Ideally, the clinic would have published their results in a scientific journal (known as the ‘peer-reviewed literature’).
What percentage of patients are charged your advertised price? Are there any hidden ‘extras’?
In general, you should be cautious about choosing a laser eye surgery clinic based on a cheap offer. It’s possible that you will be eligible for the advertised price, but some clinics are known to ‘up-sell’, advertising
a very low price that is only applicable
to a small percentage of patients. You should also check what is included in
your treatment fee, and whether you will be asked to pay extra for eye drops and aftercare (charges which can quickly add up!).
Above all, you should feel comfortable questioning why laser eye surgery is
being offered at a discount price. None
of the technology and expertise required for world-class laser eye surgery comes cheaply, so if laser eye surgery costs less, you should ask why - what is being cut out to make it cheaper?

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