How to Choose a LASIK Surgeon and Questions to Ask During Consultation



Deciding to undergo LASIK eye surgery is an exciting time. Reaching this decision means you’ve likely spent a lot of time researching the results and picturing your life glasses-free, but what’s the next step in the process?

The truth is, LASIK surgery is as much about who performs the procedure and where it’s done as it is about the results. In this blog post, we’ll provide insight to help you find a LASIK surgeon you feel completely comfortable with. We’ll also provide questions to ask during your initial consultation to ensure you feel confident navigating this process.  

Where to Get LASIK

LASIK should be performed by an ophthalmologist, a medical doctor specializing in eye disorders and care. Specifically, you’ll want to find an ophthalmologist who specializes in refractive surgery, which includes procedures like LASIK that correct vision issues by reshaping the cornea.

Most LASIK surgeries are performed in specialized LASIK centers or eye clinics that focus exclusively on vision correction surgeries. These centers are equipped with the specific tools and technologies required for LASIK and often provide a more focused environment tailored to the needs of refractive surgery patients. Alternatively, some larger hospitals and medical centers also have dedicated departments for ophthalmology that offer LASIK among other eye-related surgeries.

How to Choose a LASIK Surgeon

To find a qualified LASIK surgeon, you can start by seeking referrals from your current eye care provider if they don’t offer that service themselves. However, it’s always good to know all of your options before committing to one surgeon. Here are a few things to consider as you find a LASIK surgeon.

Check Credentials 

Ensure the surgeon you choose is not only licensed but also has extensive experience with LASIK procedures specifically. Look into their educational background, training, and the number of surgeries performed. Surgeons with a high volume of successful surgeries typically have more refined skills and insights into handling various patient needs effectively.

Review Surgeon’s Reputation

Prioritize clinics with a strong reputation and a team of experienced professionals. Read reviews and ask any former patients you know about their experiences with the surgeon. Positive feedback — especially regarding professionalism, treatment success, and post-surgery care — are strong indicators of a reliable surgeon. 

Ask About Techniques and Technology

Ensure that the clinic you choose is equipped with the latest advancements in LASIK technology, such as bladeless femtosecond lasers and wavefront-guided technology. This advanced technology helps conduct surgeries that are tailored to the unique contours of each patient’s eyes. Surgeons who keep up with the latest advancements in LASIK technology typically provide better outcomes and more precise corrections.

Consider Comprehensive Care Facilities

Opt for clinics that offer a wide range of eye care services beyond LASIK surgery. Whether you require treatment for cataracts, glaucoma, or other vision conditions, choosing a clinic that provides comprehensive care under one roof can be beneficial. It’s a way to ensure you can receive continuous care for any other eye health issues that may arise in the future.

Patient-Centered Care

Find a LASIK surgeon who prioritizes personalized care and takes the time to understand your individual needs and concerns. Providing patient-centered care means every treatment plan is tailored to the unique requirements of each patient. Not only does this yield better results, but it creates a better experience overall for you, the patient.

Ensuring Safety and Excellence

Above all, prioritize clinics that uphold the highest standards of safety and excellence in patient care. Verify that the clinic is accredited by reputable organizations and adheres to stringent safety protocols. Choosing a clinic that’s committed to safety and upholding rigorous standards are more likely to deliver superior outcomes and peace of mind to patients.

Questions to Ask During LASIK Consultation

Before your consultation, prepare a list of important questions to better understand the procedure and set realistic expectations. If you’re not sure what to ask, use the following list of questions to ensure you get all the information you need.

What Results Can I Expect?

Understanding what results to expect is crucial. Ask your surgeon about the improvement you can realistically expect in your vision. Discuss whether you will still need glasses or contacts after the surgery and the potential for needing enhancements or additional treatments in the future.

What Are the Potential Risks and Complications?

Every surgical procedure involves risks. Ask about the specific risks associated with LASIK, how often these complications occur, and how they are managed. It’s important to know both minor and major potential complications to make an informed decision.

What Does the Pre- and Post-Surgery Care Involve?

Gaining clarity on what the entire LASIK process involves, including pre-and post-operative care, is vital. Inquire about the need for pre-surgery evaluations, follow-up visits, and what kinds of activities or medications you should avoid before and after the surgery.

Choose Atlanta’s Best LASIK Surgeon for Your Procedure

At the Atlanta Vision Institute, we understand the importance of your vision journey. We’ll guide you through the process with warmth and expertise, ensuring your comfort and peace of mind every step of the way. From your initial consultation to post-operative care, we’re here to answer your questions and address your concerns so you feel confident and informed about your decision.

Led by Dr. Farooq Ashraf, Atlanta Vision Institute offers personalized treatment plans, cutting-edge technology, and a commitment to excellence. Start your journey towards optimal eye health and vision today by scheduling a free virtual consultation

Visit us at or call (678) 902-8338 to learn more today!

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