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What Do I Need to Know About My Laser Eye Surgeon?

23rd January, 2014  

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With laser eye surgery helping more people achieve 20/20 vision than ever, there are some things you need to know to join this list. Primarily you need to know about your laser eye surgeon.

Over 20 million people have taken advantage of revolutionary laser orientated surgeries such as LASIK. In order to do so they had to trust their surgeon. However with such a vital part of your health under the laser, how can you make sure your surgeon is right for the job?

There are a few things you need to know about picking the right laser eye surgeon for you.  A natural starting point, of course, is to ask your regular optician. Your optician naturally knows more about you do on the subject and should be able to point you in the right direction.

However there are questions you should be asking yourself before you agree to be treated by them. The primary one is about qualifications. If they don’t have the appropriate qualifications then there is no way you should let them treat you.

By UK law all surgeons who perform laser eye surgery should be registered with the Royal College of Ophthalmologists. However it’s no easy task to become registered with the society, as they subject their applicants to rigorous training and vetting before they accept.

Any surgeon who registers with the society has to have done a required training period under a senior medical colleague. Then they have to sit a number of exams once the period is complete. Only then can they register.

It’s quite simple to check this, just go to the Royal College of Ophthalmologists website for your area of the country. They should be registered on said website. This also allows you to see their registration certificate if you wish.

Aside from this there are general questions that you should be asking. Ask about how long they’ve been practicing, what methods and technology they use, any problems they’ve had in the past. Then research them online to ensure they’re telling you the truth.

Laser Surgery Eye knows that procedures such as LASIK have helped many people achieve 20/20 vision. However you need to always ensure you trust your surgeon before you give them the permission to help you improve your vision.

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