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An Outspoken Few Are Disillusioned With LASIK Surgery

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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.

Vital Information:

  • 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 vision.
  • 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.

 

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