Researching LASIK can feel overwhelming, unless you have a qualified guide to answer your questions. Dr. Weber from Grand Rapids Ophthalmology–Greenville is here to provide some valuable information and questions to consider when deciding on LASIK. Grand Rapids Ophthalmology has a team of expert surgeons, who have performed thousands of laser procedures, and are available to answer any questions you might have at 616.774.3937 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org.
How to know if you are a candidate for LASIK
The first step is to schedule an appointment for a full evaluation, which includes a series of scans and tests designed to thoroughly check your vision and eye health. Your eyes will be dilated for tests during the appointment. Based on the results of your scans and tests, you and your doctor will work together to determine if LASIK or another vision correction procedure is right for you. At Grand Rapids Ophthalmology, the evaluation appointment is free of charge.
Does the LASIK provider use laser or blade technology?
Some doctors still use a blade (microkeratome) for their LASIK procedures, as they are often not comfortable with new technology or are trying to save money. Blade technology comes with higher risk of possible complications. IntraLase LASIK is the most predictable procedure utilizing the laser to create the corneal incision instead of a blade. People with thin corneas may now be candidates due to the precision of the laser.
Grand Rapids Ophthalmology offers the latest in laser vision technology. Our expert team of surgeons uses the number-one ranked laser system combination in the United States to perform safe, precise and effective procedures on patients every day.
Will your doctor perform LASIK in an office exam room or a certified surgical center?
As a patient, look for high quality and safety standards when evaluating facilities where eye surgery is performed. AAAHC-certified surgical centers have met patient safety and cleanliness requirements and earned accreditation from a third-party organization.
Grand Rapids Ophthalmology surgeons are the only ones in greater Grand Rapids to perform laser vision correction in an AAAHC-certified surgical center.
What kind of access will you have to your provider?
Make sure that you have access to your surgeon to answer questions before the procedure. If you should need your surgeon after the procedure, are they local or do they travel to perform procedures? Would the surgeon be available to treat you after your procedure or will they refer you to another provider?
The surgeons at Grand Rapids Ophthalmology are available to you, not only on the day of your procedure, but 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. They are directly involved in your care before, during and after your procedure.
Avoid deals that are too good to be true
We understand cost may be a factor, however, lower costs may leave you with a poor vision result. Advertised discount LASIK is more driven by the sale than the patient’s safety and care.
Some doctors use a “bait and switch” advertising technique to get patients in the door with low prices, only to close the sale at a much higher price. It’s extremely important to look for “hidden” fees often found in the fine print. Ask if discounted prices are all-inclusive or are limited by items considered “extras or add-ons.” Some questions to consider:
- Is the pre-evaluation and exam, and all post-operative visits performed by your surgeon?
- Will your surgeon make the specific procedure decision?
- Is the price based on prescription, more per diopter, astigmatism, (about 90% of patients need astigmatism correction) and hyperopia?
- Do they use current/upgraded technology?
- Does it cost more for a blade-free procedure?
- What is the refinement policy and restrictions?
What do most people say about LASIK in retrospect?
They wish they’d scheduled the free consult sooner in life and not waited to have LASIK. Are you curious if LASIK is right for you? Grand Rapids Ophthalmology offers a free evaluation and pre-procedure testing with the surgeon who will also do your procedure to see if you are a candidate for Laser Vision Correction (LASIK and other laser procedures).
GRO provides expert, comprehensive care before, during, and after surgery
- Dedicated to 100% patient satisfaction
- From initial evaluation to post-op your surgeon is here
- Advanced laser technology