Does the ophthalmologist in your clinic of choice live and work in the City they practice?
In the case that an accident occurs after the procedure is carried out, it is imperative that the ophthalmologist can be contacted and attend to his/her patient. You should also check if the ophthalmologist is available to attend to his/her patient 24/7. If the ophthalmologist does not live in the city where he or she practices, it is unlikely that they will be able to afford you the standard of care that you are investing in.
Will you see the ophthalmologist who is performing your procedure from initial consultation to post-procedure?
This is of utmost importance. Seeing the ophthalmologist who will be performing your procedure from beginning to end, will allow him/her to fully understand your ocular needs. It will also enable them to determine if the corrective procedure has had the desired effect in the post operation reviews. Make a point to ask the clinic if you will be able to speak with your ophthalmologist if you require doing so, at any stage of the process.
Does the clinic have the latest 3rd generation, Relex SMILE technology?
SMILE (small incision lenticule extraction) is the most up-to-date, safest and most effective laser refractive procedure available for short sightedness. If your clinic of choice does not recommend this procedure you should ask “why?” All eye clinics should be upgrading their technology every 5 – 7 years. Some clinics are bound to legal agreements with large ophthalmic companies, so their options to upgrade are limited. The clinic should however maintain the right to independently choose to buy the latest ophthalmic equipment without restriction.
Does the ophthalmologist have the ability to perform other procedures?
A thorough eye examination may determine that you are not suitable for a laser eye procedure or it may discover that you have other eye defects. In this case, you should ensure that the clinic of choice can perform other treatments that will enable you to gain freedom from glasses and contact lenses.
Are the eye clinic’s advertised prices honest and transparent?
It is important that the price you have seen advertised is the price that you will pay. Many high street chains will advertise low prices in order to get people through the door; however, the price advertised is seldom the price, that the patient will actually pay for their laser eye procedure. Furthermore, you should ensure the price of the procedure includes the cost of aftercare and that there are no hidden costs. Remember the old adage when you see an advert for laser eye surgery at an extremely low price – if it looks too good to be true, then it probably is.
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