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How to Pick a Laser Vision Corrective Eye Surgery Doctor

By James Perez

When you decide to undergo laser vision corrective eye

surgery, it's a pretty important undertaking. You may see a

lot of commercials by doctors offices talking about how

they"ve performed thousands of lasik procedures, laser eye

surgeries, and other vision correction procedures. However,

when you go in for your own laser vision corrective eye

surgery, you don't really care about the thousands of other

patients that have done it - your biggest concern is your

own eyes. So how do you know which doctors to trust with

your own vision correction surgery? Well, there are some

basic tips you should keep in mind as you zero-in on the

best doctor to pick for your own laser surgery.

Insurance Coverage

While a lot of insurance plans don't provide any coverage

for laser vision corrective eye surgery, some do. Even if

you don't have insurance that covers vision correction, you

may have a discount medical plan, and these usually

provide some type of discounts on laser vision correction

that you can take advantage of. Although this is not the key

deciding factor for choosing the best laser eye surgeon, you

definitely want to start with a list of the doctors that are

covered by your insurance or discount plan. Once you have

this list in hand, go to the next step.


Next, look for laser eye surgery doctors that are convenient

to you. After your laser surgery, you may need one or more

follow-up visits, and you don't want to be driving long

distances each time. There are a number of services on the

Internet that help you search for laser vision surgeons, but

they may just be promoting certain doctors. If your

insurance company or employer have websites that help

you locate doctors, those are best. They usually let you

enter your location and easily find a doctor near your home

or work.


Now comes the really important part. Once you've

identified those laser eye surgeons who are covered by your

insurance or discount plan and are conveniently located,

it's critical to make sure the doctors on your list are experts

in their field and know how to use the latest, up-to-date

technology in performing your laser eye surgery. At this

point, it pays to do some homework. Get on the Internet

and do some searching for new developments in laser

vision correction surgery technology. Read about any local

pioneers in related research and use of new techniques. You

may want to consider those doctors for your own laser

surgery if they are close by. Take a look at the doctors who

are on the list you've developed, based on your insurance

coverage and location. Lookup their names on the Internet

to see if they have their own websites. If they do, what do

their websites say about them? Do they seem to use the

latest technologies based on what you're read elsewhere? If

not, you may want to keep looking.

Background Check

Before you schedule your first visit with a laser surgeon of

your choice, there's one more thing you need to do. Make

sure the doctors you've selected to visit don't have any

black marks on their records. Go to the website for your

state medical licensing board and see if the doctor has any

complaints against him. Also, do a general Internet search

of the doctor's name, to see if any malpractice lawsuits or

other red flags pop up. If so, scratch that doctor off of your

list and keep searching. Once you've tested your list in this

way, you're ready for an office visit.

Office Visit

As the last step in your search, pick the best laser eye

surgery doctor on your list based on the factors you've

looked at so far, and make an appointment. When you go

for your appointment, pay close attention to what you see

and hear. As you wait in the waiting room, strike up a

conversation with patients who are there for follow-up

visits. See what they say about their experience with that

doctor and their laser eye surgery. Ask them if they had any

surprises or problems. When you see the laser eye surgeon,

be prepared to ask him or her about their experience and

the technology they use. Ask them about new

developments like laser radar tracking technology or

wavefront technology, and see if they know about it. Most

importantly, ask them about your own personal condition.

If you know you have astigmatism, ask the doctor to go

over the details of how laser eye surgery can correct

astigmatism. If you're myopic, ask how the surgery will

differ for you, compared to other patients who aren't

myopic. Based on your responses from the patients and the

surgeon, you should have a pretty good feel about whether

this surgeon is a good choice or not. If not, schedule a visit

with someone else. Once you find a laser eye surgeon

you're happy with, stop searching and start planning with

your doctor for your own procedure.

With the thousands of doctors who offer laser vision

corrective eye surgery, it can seem like an impossible task

to pick the best for your own laser eye surgery. But just

stick to these simple tips, create your list of doctors, and

begin to narrow it down based on the criteria mentioned

above. This will allow you to identify a laser vision

surgeon you're really happy with, and you'll have a lot

more peace of mind knowing that you're in excellent hands

when you have your personal laser eye surgery procedure.

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