Patient Endorsements and
Lasik, PRK, LASEK, Epi-Lasik, etc.
You should not take
the recommendation of individual patients - even several - as an
indication of a doctor's ability to give you the
refractive surgery result you desire. You should not
accept the results of your friends' refractive surgery as an indication
of what you can expect. Would you wear your friend's contact lenses
and expect to get a good result? Of course not. Your eyes are unique
and may be totally different than your friend's eyes or the patients
a doctor offers as examples of his/her work. The type of surgery,
the required abilities of the doctor, and the expected results will
all be different from one person to another.
Talking to someone
who has had conventional or custom
Epi-Lasik, or any other refractive surgery you are considering is a
very good way to learn about the experience, but is a very poor
way to know what to expect for yourself or to select a doctor. Remember,
even bad doctors get it right sometimes. Choosing a surgery technique
because your friend had success ignores the needs of your own eyes
and the possible advantages of different techniques and technology.
Definitely ask if the doctor would be willing to give you names
of several previous patients. This will give you an opportunity
to talk to someone who has first-hand knowledge of the experience,
but don't rely on these previous patients' results as an indication
of the doctor's ability. It is not likely a doctor will give you
the names of unsatisfied patients.
If you are ready to
choose a doctor to be evaluated for conventional or custom wavefront
Lasik, Bladeless Lasik, PRK, LASEK, Epi-Lasik, RLE, or any refractive
surgery procedure, we highly recommend you consider a doctor who has
been evaluated and certified by the USAEyes nonprofit organization.
Locate a USAEyes Evaluated & Certified Lasik Laser Eye Surgery
and Choose With Confidence
Last updated Saturday,
August 18, 2012