The Australian school holidays are nearly over and if your 2017 resolution has been to do something positive for yourself this year, then now is the time to take action. Is laser eye surgery on your wish list for 2017?
If so, read on to discover the 5 steps to preparing for life without glasses.
1. Inform yourself on which type of laser eye surgery is right for you
Online research can bea reasonable place to start, and a great way to learn about the latest technology and what procedures are on offer. You can find out which procedures cater to your eye condition, whether you wear glasses for reading, distance, astigmatism, full-time or part-time. Every laser eye surgery practice will say that theirs is the best, so it is useful to look at the indicators that reveal the experience and reputation of the surgeons; Are they invited to speak at conferences and published in the peer-reviewed medical journals? How experienced are they? Do they offer the full range of procedures and tailor a solution to your eyes? What’s their enhancement rate like?
2. Do your own research
Your optometrist can be an excellent resource in advising you on which eye surgeons have the most experience and the best reputation. But it is worthwhile to also do your own research, to ensure you have a range of perspectives on laser eye surgery.
So where do you look for information about laser vision correction? A good place to start is to talk to people who have had it themselves. Ask around at work and among friends. Past patients are everywhere and can tell you what it was like and how it has transformed their lives. Online research can also be very valuable in explaining what’s on offer to correct your eye condition.
3. Get a referral
It sounds simple and usually it is. You don’t strictly speaking need a referral to make an appointment for laser eye surgery but there are certainly advantages to having one:
- You will receive a Medicare rebate on your initial consultation.
- Your optometrist or GP can provide some background to the eye surgeon on your reasons for seeking vision correction.
- If you wind up having cataract surgery to correct your vision problems, you will already have your necessary referral.
4. Discuss your fears and concerns with a laser eye surgeon
Online and word-of-mouth research can only take you so far. At some stage, in order to make an informed decision about your own eyes, you will need to talk face to face with an experienced surgeon who can advise you on which procedure is likely to give the best results. There are a lot of factors to take into consideration when tailoring a procedure to a particular patient – not just age and spectacle prescription. Surgeons are very interested in the anatomy of your eye, in particular your cornea, as well as the health of all your ocular structures and your unique visual requirements – for work as well as hobbies. Only when they can study the results of a range of measurements and tests as well as ask you detailed questions relating to your needs and personality, can they come up with a bespoke solution for your needs.
It’s not a bad idea to do a couple of these initial assessments if you are unsure where to start or which clinic to choose. The more information you have the better. If two or three surgeons are all telling you the same thing, they’re probably right, and it’s just a matter of choosing which surgeon you feel most comfortable with. If you’re hearing differing advice, it’s time for more questions until you have a clear understanding of what procedure (if any) is going to give you the results you want.
5. Look up our resources
If you’re not quite sure if it would be even worth your while having an initial consultation, you can start by reading some of our informative guides and checklists, all of which are available for free download.These will help you to understand a lot more about what’s on offer and which eye conditions can be surgically corrected. There are a lot of people wearing glasses (unhappily) that do not know that they could be rid of them with the right procedure.