So you’ve decided to go ahead and have laser eye surgery. Who will you choose to perform the procedure? There are all sorts of factors that you’ll need to consider when making your choice; some of these will come down to personal preference and convenience, while others relate to the expertise of the surgeon and the reputation of the clinic.
The top 8 factors to consider when choosing a surgeon
- Is the clinic local to you, or will you have to travel? (Note that you’ll need somebody else to drive you home after your surgery). Many surgeons work in several different locations, so you can choose the clinic or hospital that is most convenient for you.
- Qualifications and expertise. Does the surgeon have the requisite training and qualifications to perform the procedure? Are they an eye correction expert? As a minimum, they should be registered with the Royal College of Ophthalmologists and hold the College’s Certificate in Laser Refractive Surgery. You can find out more about Mr Allon Barsam here.
- Does the surgeon come recommended by satisfied patients? Word of mouth endorsements count for a lot, especially from trusted friends and family. You can also check online testimonials and case studies to get a good impression of patient satisfaction.
- Find out how many years of experience your surgeon has. A higher volume of surgery undertaken will indicate a greater level of expertise, so you can be more confident that you’ll be in safe hands with a lower risk of complications.
- Results and statistics. Let your surgeon’s results speak for themselves. Check their success rates to see how these compare with others. A caveat here: don’t just base your research on 20/20 vision results – many patients undergoing laser eye surgery end up seeing twice as well as this! Find out what percentage of their LASIK eye surgery patients require further enhancements following the procedure, and how this compares with the overall rate. Find out more about Mr Barsam’s success rate on the Results page.
- Latest technology. Does your surgeon use modern equipment when performing laser eye surgery? Are they trained and up to date with the latest techniques? A pioneering and cutting-edge clinic will offer ultra-precise and extra-safe laser surgery using fast and accurate lasers. They will tailor their approach to each patient and perhaps even offer specialist treatments for complex prescriptions.
- Personalised, individual care. A good surgeon will treat you as a unique individual, listen to your concerns and offer a personalised approach where you feel your needs and concerns are understood.
- Do you feel happy and confident under your surgeon’s care? Have you built a good rapport and do you feel comfortable to ask questions and voice any doubts? It’s important that you can relax and trust your chosen surgeon. They should take the time to explain every aspect of your procedure and ensure that you are fully at ease.
Eye surgery is a big deal, so it’s vital that you are comfortable with your choice.
For more information on any of the above, check out our page on choosing a surgeon or contact a member of the team on 020 3369 2020.