How do I shop for LASIK?
February 15, 2014 3:34 PM Subscribe
I've decided that I want to get my vision corrected with LASIK surgery. How do I go about figuring out where to get it done? As you might expect, I want the best possible results at the best possible price.
posted by Scientist to Health & Fitness (21 answers total) 23 users marked this as a favorite
I am moderately nearsighted with a slight astigmatism, and am 29 years old. I've wanted to get my vision corrected for a long time, and I think I'm going to have it done fairly soonish. I've decided that I want to go with LASIK rather than PRK or LASEK. However, I have no idea how to choose the best place to actually do the procedure and I'm hoping that y'all can provide some recommendations or at least point me in the right direction to find a place on my own.
Obviously I want the best possible work done so that I can have the best possible results. We're talking about making permanent modifications to my eyes here, which is a subject of such importance that I'm not willing to cut any corners. I realize that even with the most skilled technician and the most state-of-the-art procedure there's still a bit of variation in the final result, but I want to leave as little to chance as possible.
My understanding is that the state of the art right now is vector-assisted, wavefront-guided LASIK. I've also heard that it's a good idea to get one's pupils checked beforehand in order to ensure that the corrected area is large enough to cover the pupil at maximum dilation in order to avoid artifacts under low-light conditions. (Anything else I need to know about?) All well and good, but how I do I find a place that does all that? And how do I know whether the place I am looking at is excellent or terrible in terms of their skill and diligence? It's about more than just the technology, after all; the people doing the work still need to be great at their jobs.
Also of course there's the price issue. How much should I expect to pay? Do you have any advice for making sure that I find the best possible price? I live in New Orleans, but would be willing to travel (even internationally) for this if necessary. I'm not willing to sacrifice quality, but I'd like to be able to find a place that offers me the least expense for that top-quality procedure.
Thanks for your advice. Specific recommendations are welcome, but anything that points me in the right direction would be appreciated.