Laser vision correction, specifically LASIK, is currently one of the most commonly performed procedures in the United States. Over 1.3 million procedures are performed annually. Patients who are nearsighted, farsighted or astigmatic are reducing or eliminating their dependence on glasses or contact lenses. Although the visual results are impressive, it is important to remember that LASIK is a complex, microsurgical procedure requiring a skilled, experienced surgeon. It is mandatory that patients choose their surgeon carefully and read as much as they can about LASIK before their evaluation.
1. Is the surgeon board certified and has he/she completed advanced specialty training in corneal surgery?
Corneal specialists will be able to recognize subtle findings before the procedure and thus reduce the risk of complications.