If you need to have a refractive surgery done, you should realize that the success of this surgery is dependent on various factors, including the type of surgery, instruments and the aptitude surgeon that will be conducting the procedure. Carefully compare the various doctors and institutions involved, and do not make a conclusion based merely on the costs involved. This is a delicate type of surgery that will have an effect on your vision for the rest of your life. Consider the following aspects:
a) Be wary of ‘guarantees’ – Surgery is a delicate procedure and there are no assurances. Institutions and centres that make such promises as ‘’perfect vision” are not to be trusted
b) Choose a good surgeon – Make sure that you know your doctor’s background and that he/she had good standing, both academically and in the community. The doctor should also be accessible even after the procedure is complete in case of any problems that may arise.
c) Choose a good center for the surgery – Just as you must choose a good doctor, put a great deal of deliberation into choosing the center for your surgery. It should be well equipped with up-to-date tools, well trained and updated staff and good standing in the community.
Educate yourself – Do as much research as possible to ensure that your decisions are as well-informed as possible. Ask your doctor or center for patient education material from the manufacturer of the device, and have a detailed personal consultation and conversation about the best procedure for your eyes.