Choosing a LASIK Surgeon: Frequently Asked Questions

  • How should I choose a surgeon?

    Your primary care physician or eye doctor may be able to provide you with some recommendations. You may also want to consult with several doctors before making a final decision. Knowing which questions to ask will help you get a good idea of which doctor is right for you.

  • Can my optometrist perform LASIK?

    In most places in the U.S., only ophthalmologists can perform LASIK surgery. The difference between the two types of eye care professionals is that ophthalmologists have MD degrees and are specially licensed and trained to perform major eye surgeries, such as LASIK.

  • How much does LASIK cost?

    The cost of LASIK can vary depending on a number of factors such as:

    • Location
    • Laser system used
    • Diagnostic tests utilized
    • Surgeon reputation, experience and skill
    • Private insurance coverage

    To learn more about private health insurance coverage, visit Costs and Insurance.

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Important Information About the WaveLight® Excimer Lasers

WaveLight® Excimer Lasers are prescription medical devices that are approved for use in performing laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) to correct certain kinds of nearsighted (myopia), farsighted (hyperopia), and astigmatism. Only doctors who have been trained in laser refractive surgery (including laser calibration and operation) should use an WaveLight® Excimer Laser.

You should not undergo LASIK surgery if you are pregnant or nursing; if you have a collagen vascular, autoimmune or immunodeficiency disease; if you show signs of keratoconus or any other condition that causes a thinning of your cornea; or if you are taking isotretinoin (Accutane*) or amiodarone hydrochloride (Cordarone*). The most common risks of LASIK vision correction surgery with refractive lasers include dry eye syndrome; the possible need for glasses or contact lenses after surgery; visual symptoms including halos, glare, starbursts, and double vision; and loss of vision.

Talk to your doctor and review the appropriate WaveLight® Excimer Laser Patient Information Booklet for your condition to learn more about the potential risks and benefits for laser refractive surgery. For further information, please refer to the additional Important Product Information on this site, or FDA’s web page on LASIK surgery.

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