How to choose where to go to have your laser corrective eye surgery
How to Choose Where to go to Have Your Laser Corrective Eye Surgery
It can be overwhelming to decide who/where to go to as everyone says that they provide ‘the best’ laser eye surgery. When choosing to have laser corrective eye surgery, there are many factors you need to consider. You have to remember this is something that is going to change your life! The internet allows this process to be a lot simpler. However, it does get complicated when you have to process a load of information and start eliminating people from your list.
Well now you can finally relax and let us help you.
We’ve put together a list of factors you need to consider when choosing where to go to have your laser corrective eye surgery.
To begin with you need to choose a well-qualified surgeon who is experienced enough for you to trust them to carry out your procedure. You can find this out by asking if they are trained to perform the procedure, how long they have been practicing, their success rates and roughly how many people they think they have done this surgery for.
Next, you need to make sure that they provide the latest techniques. The latest laser refractive eye surgery is SMILE 3rd Generation. This procedure is minimally invasive as it is a flapless surgery. Equipped by Zeiss, at My iClinic, we offer this type of surgery and patients who undergo this procedure will find that they have a generally fast visual recovery and that the treatment is gentle thanks to the small incision. You need to make sure that the clinic you choose to go to is up to date and using the latest technology as some clinics do still operate with older technology which can actually be less accurate. The newer the technology, the less chance of error! We advise if they are not using the latest laser eye techniques or technology, look elsewhere.
Once you have established the surgeon’s qualifications and the latest technology that they use, you next need to consider pricing. Whilst pricing is important in regards to affordability you need to remember you get what you pay for. If you come across a practice that seems super cheap compared to others, you must stop and ask yourself why is it so cheap? You need to consider whether or not they include pre/post–op care as this is a very important factor.
If pricing is a concern, find a practice that offers a finance option. For example, here at My iClinic we offer 0% finance for patients who are considering undergoing SMILE or Presbyond. This way, patients can get the best treatment available without it having a major impact on their finances. On top of this, we offer a FREE suitability test that will tell you the likelihood of being suitable for surgery before having a full consultation. This gives you a chance to see the clinic and also meet the consultant who will do the surgery for you.
Next, it is wise to look at reviews. What have other patients been saying?
You can look at sites such as TrustPilot to gauge an overall opinion on the quality of service your chosen clinic provides. This is the best way to get an understanding of the type of service and results you can expect to receive as it is coming from patients who have actually experienced being under the clinics care. Companies cannot control what patients say in their review meaning they are completely organic and accurate. In addition to reviews from patients, you can find out from your optician or GP whether or not they would recommend your chosen clinic. If your optician or GP refers to the clinic often then this suggests that they are viewed positively in the industry.
Here at My iClinic we get a number of referrals from fellow opticians and also GPs due to the quality of service and care we provide to our patients. Through your optician/GP you can also see whether or not they are trusted with just laser eye surgery or ALL aspect of eye health. For example, at My iClinic, not only do we offer laser eye surgery, we also offer treatment for Cataract, Glaucoma, Macular Degeneration and we also have a myopia control clinic for children. Our expertise doesn’t just stop at laser eye surgery.
So, what should you do now?
Do your research. Ask as many questions as possible, at the end of the day, your eyes are one of the most important parts of your body so you want to make sure that they are under the right care and that you get the best outcome possible.
About the experts
Mr John Bolger | Consultant Ophthalmologist / Clinic Director
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John Bolger is a Consultant Ophthalmologist and Clinic Director at My-iClinic. He specialises in ophthalmology, laser refractive surgery (SMILE, Presbyond, LASIK, PRK, PTK), refractive lens exchange (RLE), cataract surgery, glaucoma treatment and macular degeneration.
Over the course of his career, John Bolger has carried out over 35,000 cataract operations, 20 of which were for eye surgeons. He has also taught over 1500 young ophthalmologists worldwide as they begin their surgical careers.
Bolger has observed and played a part in the evolution of modern ophthalmology. He was one of the first surgeons to introduce microincision cataract surgery to the UK; he witnessed the advent of the femtosecond laser that is used in SMILE procedures and is seeing huge progress in the treatment of glaucoma and wet macular degeneration.
Remaining at the forefront of these advancements ensures that he is always providing his patients with the very best and latest treatments, whatever their condition.
In his free time, John Bolger enjoys flying helicopters, playing classical guitar, baking bread and pastries, and making fresh pasta.
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