What to Ask the Doctor During an Eye Consultation

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What to Ask the Doctor During an Eye Consultation

A consultation with an eye doctor is the first step towards receiving the help you need to achieve better vision or eye health. It is a very important appointment because it gives the doctor and patient the opportunity to learn about one another, and decide what steps should be taken. The following questions are ones that patients usually ask us, and ones that you may want to ask at your next eye consultation.

What can you do for me?

This seems obvious, but it’s a question that most people ask first. This gives the doctor a chance to not only tell you about the procedures, but also ask you questions about your current eye health. After discovering what you need, the doctor will be better able to tell you what he can do for you in detail.

What is the downtime?

If you’re considering LASIK or another procedure, you may be wondering how much downtime or how long the recovery will take, which will cut into your responsibilities. While everyone is different, the doctor can give you an average length of time you can expect to be out of work or unable to engage it certain activities. Always remember: It’s just an average, so your downtime may be shorter or longer.

What are the risks?

It’s always important to know the risks of a procedure, but don’t let it sway your decision. The medical field decides on procedures based on benefits vs. risks. If the benefits outweigh the risks, the procedure is considered to be worthwhile. Asking about the risks can help you prepare yourself to look for any symptoms of issues that may arise after the procedure, which your doctor will need to know about in case they need to be treated.

How much does it cost?

Cost always comes up in a consultation, and it’s a difficult question to answer. Costs can vary widely depending on your prescription, location, your surgeon and the technology used. With many laser eye surgery options available, it’s important to consider the overall quality of service when comparing the cost of LASIK and other procedures. The lowest price is not always the best value in eye care. Three main factors to consider are surgeon experience, technology, and personal care. For instance, many discount LASIK providers do not even allow you to have contact with the surgeon until the day of surgery.

What results should I expect?

Results vary among patients, but knowing what to expect can help put your mind at ease. After an examination, an eye doctor should be able to identify what will happen if a particular procedure is performed or treatment is given. This is an important piece of information in the decision-making process of following through with it.

How much experience do you have with this type of procedure or condition?

This isn’t a common question, but some people ask it. Knowing the amount of experience a doctor has with a procedure and/or condition can help develop trust in the patient. It can be reassuring to know the doctor has successfully treated a particular eye issue for years.

Contact Us for an Eye Consultation

If you’re ready to receive treatment for your eye condition, contact Kelly Vision Center. We specialize in the best procedures and treatment to improve the health and function of the eyes. With two convenient locations in Manhattan and Garden City, seeking the care you need for your eyes is easy. Contact us today at 877-718-7818 for our Manhattan office or 516-830-4605 for our Garden City office.