You have finally decided to give yourself the gift of better sight with a LASIK corrective eye procedure. You know several people who have had the procedure performed and all recommend a different ophthalmologist. How can you decide which ophthalmologist is the best choice for you? This cheat sheet gives you a list of important questions to ask during a consultation appointment with your Orlando LASIK expert.
- How many LASIK surgeries have you performed?
Some doctors have a long history of procedures, but they may not be the specific procedure you want. Shop around to find a doctor with a vast number of successful surgeries.
- What types of technology are used for the procedures? How old are the machines? How often are the machines maintained? How often do you use the technology during surgery? Would you absolutely consider yourself an expert in using the technology?
There are many types of technology that various doctors will consider to be the most cutting edge. Ensure your doctor is an expert in using their chosen equipment and technology before finalizing your decision. Using the latest in technology, Doc Brock at Magruder Laser Vision is able to perform many procedures in a minute or less with extremely good results. His history with technology and excellent results in patient support and care are clear indications of his skill and demeanor.
- How is eye tracking used in the procedure?
Refractive laser procedures utilize eye tracking to compensate for unpredictable patient eye movements that occur during corrective vision procedures. Doctors may be more comfortable with different forms of eye tracking; choose a doctor who uses eye tracking for more than simply locating the pupil. Magruder Laser Vision’s Allegretto Laser Tracking System locks onto your eye during the procedure, which guides the laser more efficiently and alleviates the need for dilating drops.
- How many procedures are available for my eye problem?
Many procedures are available for multiple eye problems. For instance, if you suffer from nearsightedness (myopia), your doctor may recommend LASIK, refractive lens exchange, photorefractive keratectomy, or implantable contact lenses. Astigmatism, presbyopia, hyperopia (farsightedness), and cataracts have a number of surgical procedures available as well. Some patients are better candidates for a procedure they did not know was available, so your doctor may recommend an alternate solution for your vision difficulties even if you came in specifically requesting LASIK, for instance. Overall, make sure you choose a doctor that is able to craft a solution that is individual to your needs.
- More than anything else, do my instincts tell me this doctor is the right one for me?
If you believe the doctor is hedging the questions you are presenting, ask for clarification. If the response is unsatisfactory, shake hands and walk away. Shop based on medical groups, choosing a well-established and respected vision clinic that can meet all your needs. When you visit, take in the dynamics of the team, from the receptionists to the physicians. Their interaction with each other can demonstrate how well they work as a team in the office as well as in surgery.
We welcome the opportunity to create a customized treatment plan based on your needs. Call our Orlando LASIK office at 407-843-5665 for a free consultation. Our blogs showcase our eye correction procedures, technology, and frequently asked questions. For us, “Magruder Laser Vision. Correcting Vision – Changing Lives!” is more than a slogan; it’s how we see the outcome of every single patient visit.