Important Considerations When Choosing a LASIK Eye Center
When choosing a LASIK eye center and surgeon, you need to do your homework and find the laser eye center that is most qualified. This will require that you get any and all of your questions answered. For some, this will require that you get over any fears you may have – fears of being assertive and fears of asking questions that are important to you. Remember they are not silly questions if you feel like you need to ask them. Vision correction surgery is not like shopping for new furniture. It’s an important decision that can affect the rest of your life. Most LASIK eye surgery centers are reputable and will treat you as you should be treated, but you still need to find out for sure if the center is qualified, professional and the right LASIK eye clinic for you.
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Here are some steps you can take:
First, make sure the LASIK center is licensed by your governing board. Search your states’ administrative website and there you should find all the licensed LASIK eye surgeons for your area. Also, you can check with the National Practicioner Data Bank for surgeons available to you.
After you have identified several candidates, call each LASIK surgery center and ask if they have any certifications beyond the minimum standards proscribed by their licensing board. Those that do will gladly give you this information and give you instructions on how to check for yourself. One criteria you might set is that your surgeon be a member of The American College of Surgeons (ACS). This is a self-governing organization that requires from its members the highest in ethical standards, patient care, and conduct. Those that are members will usually have “FACS” (Fellow of The American College of Surgeons) after their name.
Ask for referrals. Most, if not all, surgeons will have a list readily available to you. Get it and then actually contact these people. Ask pointed questions. Don’t be afraid to zero in on what concerns you most about your surgery, physician and LASIK surgery center. You might even still want to call the laser eye center or surgeon’s office and ask for referrals not on their original list. This will give you a much larger sample pool and, therefor, a better representation of how you can expect to be treated.
Don’t be afraid of investigating a LASIK eye care center or surgeon who advertises. Most physicians who advertise (and lawyers to, for that matter) are simply wanting to provide their superior service to as many people as possible. There’s nothing wrong with that, and, in this case, can work to your advantage. A surgeon who advertises will probably have an extensive patient list from which you can investigate.
Many people think that LASIK eye surgery has become as simple as getting a tooth pulled. While the procedure has advanced considerably, it is, after all, surgery. When choosing a LASIK vision center, your due diligence is definitely required.
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