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Finding the Right Clinic

Comparing procedures and clinics before choosing the one potentially suited to your needs

Two important factors for a successful surgery are: Choosing the right surgeon, with whom patients feel the most comfortable, and determining the most suitable type of laser eye surgery for the individual refractive condition. Speaking with other patients about their experiences and conducting research, paired with consulting an eye doctor, can help make these decisions easier.

Choosing a Doctor

An important part of deciding to have laser eye surgery is finding the right doctor and clinic. There are many factors to consider: Experience, expertise and equipment, to name a few. Hearing the opinions of different surgeons or asking friends for recommendations might help when choosing the one most suited to your individual needs.

When attending a consultation appointment, it is important to ask about the doctor’s experience, procedures offered, costs, and other factors important for the decision process. During this appointment, it’s likely you will complete several tests to discover if you are eligible for laser eye surgery.

How to Differentiate Between Clinics

Patient speaking with her doctor

Your doctor can answer your individual questions

Doctor’s Experience

Every doctor brings his or her own unique experience with laser eye surgery to the table. Doctors also have different preferences and therefore the procedure can vary, depending on this. Many clinics and hospitals host informational events about laser eye surgery and what they offer. Consider searching for such an event nearby to learn more about this topic.  

Treatment Costs

Undeniably, the cost of laser eye surgery is an important decision factor. During a consultation appointment at a clinic, someone should explain what the price is and what it entails: Does it include pre- and post-surgery care or only the operation? On some advertisements prices referring to the cost might only include the treatment of one eye.

While considering different treatment options, it is important to remember that the cheapest surgery may not be the best procedure. 


Asking Questions

A personal conversation with an eye surgeon helps in gaining an understanding of what will be experienced during and after laser eye surgery. This is also a good occasion to ask the doctor or clinic representative questions. 

Checklist for Doctor’s Consultation

The wealth of information about laser eye surgery can sometimes be overwhelming. When you consult with doctors, there will be a lot of brochures, educational packets, and information to sort through. Here are some topics you may ask a potential surgeon during your decision-making process.

Doctor and patient

Consult with your doctor to find the best procedure for your refractive error

  • Their experience in laser eye surgery
  • Types of Laser Vision Correction surgeries offered 
  • Location of surgery
  • Duration of the procedure
  • Your eligibility for laser eye surgery
  • Suitability for different types of Laser Vision Correction procedure
  • Potential post-surgery complications with current prescription
  • Post-surgery expectations
  • Costs and what they include

Selecting a Laser Eye Surgery Procedure

There are three treatment options of Laser Vision Correction. Each procedure, while varying in the type of laser and process, has a similar success rate in improving vision for patients. Each of the three options cater to different conditions.

Depending on your refractive condition, one procedure type may be better suited to you than another. Consult a doctor to see which type of laser eye surgery they believe is best for you.

Compare the three procedures - PRK/LASEK, LASIK and SMILE.