Are you considering LASIK? If so, be sure to consider the education, experience and skill of your LASIK surgeon. Experts agree the skill of your surgeon is an important factor in the success of your procedure.
Among the things you should expect from your LASIK experience: A conversation with your potential laser eye surgeon regarding key questions at the initial consultation. Your doctor will want to get a clear picture of his skills, background, and experience. Remember, if you don’t feel comfortable with the surgeon’s answers, keep searching. Your eyes are too important to risk working with an inexperienced surgeon.
The following questions will help you get a better feel for a potential LASIK surgeon:
How long have you been performing LASIK procedures?
The best eye surgeons have more than three years’ experience and have performed thousands of LASIK procedures.
How many LASIK procedures have you performed over the last twelve months?
A qualified LASIK surgeon should have performed no less than 250 procedures during the previous twelve months.
How many LASIK procedures have you performed that are exactly the same as the one recommended for me?
This is an important question. Your eye surgeon should have performed at least 100 or more surgeries exactly like the one being recommended for you on patients with the same refractive error.
What percentage of patients do you decline for LASIK?
A conscientious eye surgeon performs LASIK only when it truly meets the patient’s needs. Although a specific percentage may not be available, you don’t want to choose a surgeon who has never declined a patient for refractive surgery.
What technology do you use for your LASIK procedures?
Using the most advanced technology will make a big difference in your results. Make sure your LASIK surgeon offers and is experienced in performing Wavefront custom LASIK as well as IntraLase LASIK .
What is the worst refractive surgery outcome one of your patients experienced, and how did you manage it?
All surgery presents risks, and not all risks can be predicted. An eye surgeon with years of experience and thousands of procedures completed has likely had occasion to deal with unexpected circumstances. Choose a doctor who can remain calm, who has the expertise to develop solutions quickly, and who is willing to consult with other ophthalmologists as needed to ensure the best outcome.
NJ LASIK surgeons , Dr. Hitesh K. Patel and Dr. Himanshu S. Shah will be happy to share with you some of the unexpected situations that have occurred during their twelve years of practice, how those issues were managed, and what the outcome was for the patient.
If you are ready to begin your LASIK journey, please contact our experienced LASIK surgeons in Edison, New Jersey today to schedule your initial vision correction consultation. Patel Eye Associates serves the communities of Edison, New Brunswick, and Middlesex, New Jersey.