When considering LASIK, it’s important to choose a LASIK surgeon who has sufficient overall experience.
Many surgeons, and especially the corporate LAIAK centers, would lead you to believe that having LASIK is liken to buying a McDonald’s hamburger, making claims such as “Over 500,000 procedures performed”. The truth is that these entities are pooling the total overall experience of every surgeon in their network to make that claim, and the statement is simply false when it applies to the actual surgeon performing YOUR procedure.
That being said, there is most definitely a requirement that you should choose your LAISK surgeon based on the amount of experience he or she specifically has in performing LASIK. There is a ‘learning curve’ that needs to be factored in, and realistically, you want to look for a surgeon who performs a consistent amount of procedures every month, with a successful track record, as this ensures consistent outcomes.
Additionally, it’s important to understand that every person’s vision is unique, and the more experience a surgeon has means the higher likelihood that he or she has encountered a patient with similar vision characteristics as yours, and therefore is more adept at correcting your particular vision.
Bottom line, experience does matter, and if you want to guarantee yourself your best possible vision after LASIK, you need to factor in the experience of the surgeon you choose.
LASIK is surgery. Beyond a certain threshold to achieve and maintain competence, volume doesn’t insure quality. Use common sense and attend LASIK consultation to seeing how you are treated. Remember, you want skill and experience but not to be treated like you are ordering a hamburger.
By carefully choosing a LASIK surgeon who will help you determine your suitability and goals for LASIK, you will find that LASIK is a safe, effective and predictable method of correcting nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism.