When choosing a LASIK surgeon, you want to find someone you feel comfortable with and trust. They should be able to help you figure out which particular LASIK procedure is ideal for you and provide a recommendation based on several factors, such as existing health conditions, vision errors and your goals for vision correction.
When beginning your search for a LASIK surgeon, your primary care physician or eye care professional can provide you with recommendations. You should then consider some of the following factors:
ExperienceThe outcome of your procedure will largely depend on the level of skill and experience your surgeon has with the particular LASIK surgery you need.
TechnologyNot every laser system is meant to treat every type of vision problem. When choosing a surgeon, make sure the laser system they use can correct your specific eye problems.
AttitudeIf the surgeon and staff aren’t as helpful and informative as you would like during your preliminary visit, they may not be the right office for you.
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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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