Cost factors in choosing LASIK eye surgery
Cost is one factor that you need to be very wary of when choosing LASIK eye surgery. While there may be many advertisements and offers that appear very tempting, the safety of your sight is not something you should compromise just to save a few pounds. The better the surgeon, the higher the price will naturally be, and it is surely better to take out finance to afford the best, than take risks with discount LASIK eye surgery.
When comparing prices, you should always ask what is included, as some LASIK eye surgery clinics will charge for consultations, after care and post operative corrections, while others will include these as standard.
You should be particularly careful with prices quoted as ‘from’. Often the low price quoted in the adverts is for a minor treatment, and you will pay much more. Make sure that the price you are tempted by covers whatever level of LASIK eye surgery you require.
Meeting your LASIK eye surgery surgeon
A good quality surgeon should be willing to spend time, pre-operatively, with prospective LASIK eye surgery patients. This will give you the opportunity to ask any questions you may have or voice any concerns, to help you to build trust in the surgeon and develop confidence in the procedure. If the surgeon delegates all pre-op work to junior staff, choose a different clinic.
It is also important that your surgeon personally examines your eyes at some point before your treatment, as often an experienced surgeon can pick up things that junior staff have missed.
Initial consultations for LASIK eye surgery should be free of charge and you should feel comfortable finding out all you need to know. If you sense that your surgeon is not being entirely open about your potential outcome, or feel that you are being ‘sold’ the procedure, then once again, you should move on quickly.
Quality factors in choosing LASIK eye surgery
LASIK eye surgery has been around for many years, so any reputable, experienced surgeon should be able to show you statistics reflecting their success rate.
Ask your surgeon how many LASIK eye surgery treatments they have performed, what percentage of patients achieve 20/40 vision and what percentage achieve 20/20. Not only will this give you a comparison between surgeons, but it will also give you a realistic expectation for the outcome of your own LASIK eye surgery. You should also ask what percentage of patients require further treatment, and whether this is included in the original price.
Always make sure that your LASIK eye surgeon has a full back up team and offers 24 hour emergency help following your procedure. If the clinic tells you to visit A&E (accident and emergency) should you have problems, then choose another surgeon. Busy casualty departments are not the place for specialist eye problems.