Are you considering LASIK? If so, you want to look for a specialist who is an Ophthalmologist and specializes in LASIK eye surgery. While not all Ophthalmologists are LASIK surgeons, all LASIK surgeons are Ophthalmologists. Factors you should consider when looking for a LASIK consultation include:
1. Visit your eye doctor for a complete consultation to find out if you are an ideal LASIK candidate.
2. Ensure you do not fall for a “bait and switch” tactic that offers a LASIK eye surgery “discount.” These are more than likely full of hidden fees and substandard safety procedures.
Due to the price of LASIK eye surgery, people can succumb to tempting “discounts.” These offers are usually too good to be true and can include hidden fees that end up costing you as much, if not more, than the actual surgery price. Furthermore, “discount” laser vision correction runs the risk of being less safe than practices that are upfront with costs.
Does your first eye care specialist choice use safe, up-to-date technology?
Ensure your doctor uses the lastest, FDA-approved technology. Quality eye care specialists will examine your eyes with state-of-the-art equipment that provides a wealth of ocular information. For instance, the Pentacam mapping system thoroughly examines your corneal structure in several ways so your doctor can determine if you are a good LASIK candidate. When choosing a specialist, keep updated technology in mind. Research the standard eye examination equipment they use to see if it will provide you with a safe and in-depth assessment. In addition, visit an eye care doctor who will discuss their findings with you in detail.
Are you diabetic and looking for an eye doctor to manage your vision needs?
If you or a family member have diabetes, visit either an Optometrist or an Ophthalmologist for complete eye care. Select a well-trained eye care specialist who has specific experience in diabetic eye care.
Have you been diagnosed with Keratoconus?
Keratoconus patients should find someone who is an Ophthalmologist actively following current FDA studies on corneal cross-linking, a less invasive, future Keratoconus treatment. In all likelihood, these will be cornea specialists, as Keratoconus is a corneal disease.
Whether you’re looking to undergo vision correction surgery, are searching for a reputable specialist for general eye care needs or are looking to handle a disease that affects your eye health, always watch for the following:
• Verify the doctors credentials
• Ask your friends and family
• Read online reviews
• Verify pricing and make sure you understand it.
Above all else, the most important thing to do is find a reputable, certified specialist who meets your unique patient needs. In doing this, you and your family will be well on your way to receiving top shelf eye care from a caring office.