We all have a respect for doctors, their education, and their professionalism. In most cases, this is well-deserved, but some less than professional eye surgeons hide behind this assumed respect to conceal the poor quality of their credentials, equipment, or practice for giving you the best possible results from your LASIK, cataract, or other eye surgery. To properly distinguish between quality surgeons and those unqualified, you may have to ask some difficult questions. Don’t worry, quality surgeons will respect you for doing your homework. And asking these kinds of questions can ensure you aren’t trusting your vision to just anyone.
Here are some questions you should ask your New York City Eye Surgeon:
- How long have you been performing eye surgery?
- What percent of your eye surgery patients report unresolved complications six months after surgery?
- Under what criteria would you decline an eye surgery patient? How often do you turn down a patient?
- What tools will you use to evaluate my eyes prior to performing eye surgery?
- What percentage of your patients have had secondary procedures to correct or improve eye surgery results?
- If I need a secondary or corrective procedure, what will you charge for that procedure?
- What is the worst eye surgery outcome experienced by your own patient? How did you handle it?
- Has your license as an eye surgeon ever been revoked, expended, or restricted? Are you currently under investigation or on probation?
- Have you ever been denied malpractice insurance coverage or hospital privileges?
- Is the equipment you will be using during my eye surgery been FDA approved for this specific procedure? If you are using it off-label, explain why.
- What will my recovery period be like?
- How many follow-up appointments do you typically schedule? If I have a concern will I be able to talk to you directly?
You should expect that your eye surgeon will have experienced patients with complications in the past. This is normal and should not be a cause for alarm. In fact, if an eye surgeon claims to never have patient complications or claims a ridiculously low number (less than 3% complication or 10% enhancement rate for LASIK and other refractive surgeries). In addition to trying to get the right answers from your eye surgeon, you should be evaluating just how your surgeon answers the questions.
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At Kelly Laser Center, we respect our patients’ right to ask hard questions to ensure they are selecting the right eye surgeon. We invite you to schedule a consultation today at either of our New York locations (Long Island and Manhattan) to ask our eye surgeons some hard questions.