Are you an Informed Lasik Patient? Questions to Ask Yourself

ARSC-Informed Patient-Blog-ImgI’ve dedicated my practice to helping patients in Long Island make the best decision for their health and vision; I value these relationships tremendously and want the very best for each and every patient. I find those that make the effort to become an informed patient—taking the time to think about their vision goals and researching their options—really set themselves up for success and satisfaction with their decision.

Here are a few questions you should consider in advance of your appointment to help ensure you get the information that matters to you the most in making your decision about vision correction with LASIK.

What do you know about LASIK and other vision correction procedures?

  • Have you spoken to friends/family who have had the procedure?
  • Have you done any independent research into LASIK?
  • Do you know the risks and benefits related to LASIK?
  • Do you know what to expect during the recovery period after LASIK?

 

Do you find glasses and/or contacts get in the way of your activities?

  • Do you frequently play basketball, football, soccer?
  • Do your corrective lenses support your ability to exercise regularly?
  • Do you play tennis, golf?
  • Do you ski or snowboard?
  • Do you swim, surf or dive?
  • Do you hike, camp, rock climb, mountain bike?
  • Do you parent young children?

Does your job have specific vision requirements?

  • Do your corrective lenses adequately support your job or do they pose a risk or annoyance?

What is your medical history?

  • What medications are you taking?

 

What do you want out of a vision correction procedure?

  • Do you wear reading glasses or have multiple pairs/prescriptions of glasses?

 

The fact is, not everyone is a good candidate for vision correction—or refractive—surgery. In my practice, about 20 percent of patients who come in wanting to have LASIK are ineligible for a variety of reasons. Some are medical: They have thin or irregular corneas or perhaps they have underlying health issues or take certain medications that can interfere with healing. Vision correction procedures are surgical procedures and, like all surgery, there is a recovery and healing process involved. And, no matter how common a vision correction procedure is, it’s very important to understand both the benefits and the risks. Sometimes a patient simply has unrealistic expectations about what a procedure can and can’t do. My best patients are those who take the time to become an informed patient.

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