What Questions to Ask Your LASIK Surgeon?

Author: The LASIK Vision Institute

Are you considering LASIK and want to know what questions to ask during your consultation? Your LASIK surgeon, and specialist team, is the best resource of information to get answers to all your burning questions. We’re here to help you get started, with some common, important questions to help you learn more about LASIK and choose a LASIK surgeon who fits your needs.

Key Questions to Ask Your LASIK Surgeon

How many laser eye surgeries have you performed?

Asking how many procedures your LASIK eye surgeon has performed is one of the most common questions, because it gives you an idea of the surgeon’s experience level and the types of laser eye surgery procedures they have performed. There’s no “magic number” when it comes to experience, so the number of procedures performed is simply one part of the puzzle.

What LASIK technology do you have available?

LASIK technology is always advancing, and there are quite a few variations on the standard LASIK eye surgery procedure. If you are looking for a specific type of LASIK procedure – like Bladeless LASIK or Wavefront LASIK – then it’s a good idea to ask your surgeon whether they offer those options. If you’re not sure what type of LASIK is the right fit, your surgeon can also help you make the right choice based on your needs.

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How is my LASIK candidacy determined?

LASIK eye surgery is a medical procedure, so it’s important to make sure that it’s the right fit based on your unique medical and vision correction needs. If you have any questions about what goes into LASIK candidacy, how it works, or why it’s important, your LASIK surgeon, and specialist team, is a great source to learn more.

How should I prepare for LASIK eye surgery?

Taking the right steps to prepare for LASIK eye surgery will help make the day as smooth as possible. Be prepared by checking with your LASIK surgeon on do’s and don’ts, such as, when to stop wearing contact lenses, avoiding eye makeup or eye creams on the day of surgery, and wearing comfortable clothing without loose fabric. You’ll also want to ask about arranging a ride home after surgery.

What should I expect on the day of surgery?

Once you move on to the next step in the process, it’s time to learn more about what to expect from your LASIK procedure and start planning ahead. If you’re wondering how long the procedure takes, what you should do to prepare, and what to expect when your LASIK procedure is complete, then now is a great time to ask.

How long is LASIK recovery, and what is your after-care program?

LASIK eye surgery is an outpatient procedure, and the recovery period begins as soon as your surgery ends. You’ll likely have some questions about that recovery period, including how long it lasts, what to expect, and when you might be able to drive and/or resume your favorite activities. This is also a great opportunity to learn more about your LASIK surgeon’s after-care program, including the number and interval of follow-up visits.

Remember that every LASIK patient is unique, and you can certainly add your own laser eye surgery questions to the list! Knowing which questions to ask is key to finding the right LASIK eye surgeon, and understanding what to expect from laser eye surgery.