Lasik / Refractive Surgery
Like all surgical procedures, vision correction surgery carries some risk for side effects and complications. Not all consumers are candidates for laser vision correction. To qualify, you must be at least 18 years of age, in good general health, and have had stable vision for one to two years. A thorough pre-operative exam is necessary to be sure that treatment is right for you. Consumers should do their homework and find a board certified surgeon. This information can be obtained from American Academy of Ophthalmology P.O. Box 7424 San Francisco, CA 94120-7424 Phone: (415) 561-8500 www.aao.org American Medical Association 515 N. State Street Chicago, IL 60610 Phone: (312)464-5000 www.ama-assn.org Consumers should also determine if the surgeon has completed additional training after residency, such as cornea and refractive surgery fellowship. Does he or she participate in the research and development of new technology? What is the surgeon's success and complication rates? Where does the surgeon send patients should there be complications? Laser vision technology is rapidly developing. Consumers considering laser vision correction should also determine if the surgery center is equipped with state of the art instrumentation key to achieving optimal results. Laser vision correction is an elective procedure, patient care and safety should be your primary concern.