An Outspoken Few Are Disillusioned With LASIK Surgery
You should also evaluate the surgeon, he says. Some questions to ask
include: What is your training? What are your results? Have you published your
results in a scientific paper? Can you show me your results? What is your
frequency of complications?
"Most patients are embarrassed to ask these questions because they
insult the integrity of the surgeon. But there is a retail side to this thing,
even though it's real surgery. Those are the sort of questions you would ask
about a house or a car," says Waring.
The answers you get are important, but so is the doctor's attitude, he says.
"How does he answer the questions? Does he tend to minimize complications
and say we almost never have a complication? Does he tend to exaggerate the
good side? Does he seem more interested in selling the procedure than listening
to your concerns?"
More information on LASIK surgery can be found at the web sites of the Council for
Refractive Surgery Quality Assurance, the American Society of
Cataract and Refractive Surgery, and the International Society
of Refractive Surgery.
- LASIK is a type of eye surgery that attempts to reshape the cornea so
patients don't have to keep wearing glasses or contact lenses to correct their
- While most patients are satisfied with their LASIK results, an estimated 1%
are not, and some are becoming vocal about it.
- Doctors who perform this surgery remind patients to be wary of promises and
promotions. Patients should choose a doctor carefully, and understand there
isn't a 100% success rate. Doctors also note that side effects often are
correctable if addressed quickly.