Laser vision correction: How to choose the best surgeon for you

2021’s shaping up to be a banner year for LVC (laser vision correction) procedures.

According to the Refractive Surgery Council (RSC), the number of LVC procedures performed up to April 2021 exceeded 220,000. That means 30% more consumers are opting to invest in their vision. This isn’t surprising considering there has been a rise in digital eye strain as people spend more time on screens while working from home1 Forster, V., 2021. Are Your Eyes Hurting During The Coronavirus Pandemic? You May Have “Computer Vision Syndrome”. [online] Forbes. Available at: <https://www.forbes.com/sites/victoriaforster/2020/06/01/are-your-eyes-hurting-during-the–coronavirus-pandemic-you-may-have-computer-vision-syndrome/?sh=287cfd8b6cf9> [Accessed 18 June 2021].. And don’t even get us started on facemasks and glasses.

Now, if you’re thinking about the best laser vision correction option for you, choosing the right surgeon can make a world of difference. To help you out, let’s discuss how you can select the most qualified eye surgeon in your area.

Take your time when choosing a laser vision correction center

Finding the right provider for your procedure might be overwhelming. Especially if there are many eye surgeons in your region. While it might seem wise to choose one based on price, you don’t want to rush the process.

Beyond making sure your surgeon is qualified (meaning they’re licensed and board-certified) check their experience. How long have they been performing LVC procedures? What is their success rate?

It would be best if you also inquired about their re-treatment rate. Remember that a re-treatment rate of under 15% isn’t unusual. Some patients don’t respond well to specific treatments, and by re-treating them, the surgeon can ensure the best outcomes.

Consider if you’re truly saving money

Laser vision correction cost is a significant factor in your decision. However, your surgeon and eye clinic choice shouldn’t only depend on how much you’re going to save. Don’t forget you’re investing in your eye health. Sure, you can choose an eye center that offers the least expensive rates, but how do you know if the best surgeon will perform your procedure? What equipment will they use?

Keep in mind that the best eye surgeons take advantage of the newest technologies to perform LVC procedures. If you focus too much on costs, you’ll deprive yourself of the opportunity to receive excellent eye care from the best laser vision correction center.

Does your surgeon have “that personal touch?”

You’ve gotten referrals from family and friends, and you even have a list of surgeons practicing close to home. The only thing left is to decide who will be your doctor.

Here’s what you need to remember. Trust will always be an essential component of any relationship with a person in the medical field. While LVC procedures such as LASIK have excellent outcomes, some patients might need re-treatment.

For this reason, your doctor has to be someone you have a rapport with and will work hard to address your concerns. From explaining laser vision correction risks to answering “Is laser vision correction surgery safe?” and more, your eye surgeon must be someone who won’t make you feel uncomfortable.

“That personal touch” also applies to their staff. The whole eye care team must be ready to assist with answering your questions and concerns, especially when it’s about costs and billing.

Are you considering laser vision correction?

Now that you know some tips for choosing the right surgeon, do you still have unanswered questions about laser vision correction?

We can help. As the best laser vision correction center in Harrisburg, we’re always ready to answer patient inquiries and concerns. You can book a FREE virtual LASIK appointment online or by calling (717) 996-3028.

Alternatively, you can chat with us on WhatsApp. Whatever form of communication you prefer, we’ll be sure to attend to your needs.

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