Questions to Ask Your Laser Eye Surgeon – Part 1
The prospect of improved vision brings many people to the Freedom Eye Laser offices for a consultation with Dr James Genge. Good communication during this time is vital, so he will start by discussing the visual goals of each individual and to ensure information regarding the procedure and follow-up are easily understood. During these consultations, he also offers ample opportunity for any questions to be asked.
Dr Genge encourages patients to take an active role in their own vision care. He knows that an educated consumer is the best patient, so he encourages people to be pro-active, to ask questions, and to let him know any time they feel concerns about their vision. Don’t be shy to question your laser eye surgeonPatients are hesitant to ask questions because they’re afraid that the inquiries will seem as though they are questioning his credentials, but Dr Genge stresses that questioning a prospective surgeon’s credentials are exactly what you should do! He encourages patients to ask whatever is on their mind, whether it is about his training and experience or what will happen during eye correction surgery. We’ve compiled our “top 5 list” of questions to help readers of this blog achieve the best possible outcome with eye correction surgery.
5 Questions to Ask Your Laser Eye Surgeon
At Freedom Eye Laser, every patient meets personally with Dr Genge for a consultation. That’s the way it should be. Sadly, some laser eye surgery clinics are run more like sausage factories than health care practices, and patients are relegated to talking to receptionists or other non-medical staffers during the intake process.
It’s important that the person with whom you are consulting can answer these questions
1. What is your experience?
Ask your surgeon about his/her specialty training and how many procedures like the one you need her/he has performed.
Dr Genge undertook advanced surgical training with a Laser Eye Surgery and Corneal Transplant Surgery Fellowship at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London, one of the world’s leading eye institutions. Since his training, Dr Genge has performed thousands of laser eye surgery procedures.
2. What is your success rate with laser surgery for eyes?
Ask what percentage of patients have had successful procedures of the type you have in mind. You can also ask to see patient testimonials and ask how many have had serious complications following their eye correction surgery.
Dr Genge achieves over 98% accuracy rate with femtosecond laser LASIK eye correction surgery with the initial treatment. If corrections are needed, he does this for free after 3 months time. As we are organic, there is always a tiny possibility of variation of response to the laser. Freedom Eye Laser achieves such precise outcomes by only using the most technologically advanced lasers and by Dr Genge’s meticulous attention to surgical technique detail.
3. What surgical technique do you recommend for me?
Ask your surgeon about the technology she/he will be using and then read up on it yourself. You will feel much more comfortable with your procedure armed with this knowledge.
Dr Genge favours the use of the femtosecond laser-assisted LASIK for eye correction surgery. Unlike PRK and ASLA, that cause 2 days of pain, an increased risk of infection and 6-8 weeks for visual recovery, there is only 5 hours of discomfort and excellent next day vision. This bladeless method of eye correction presents a reduced risk of compromised corneal thickness and eliminates the surgical risk of a buttonhole flap if performed with a blade.
4. How long will the benefits of laser eye surgery last?
The superb vision achieved with the laser eye surgery at Freedom Eye Surgery will last a lifetime. There is a natural stiffing of the individual’s own lens that starts to make reading more difficult over the age of 45 years although the distance vision remains the same. This occurs regardless of whether you have had laser or wear glasses or contact lenses. For this reason, Refractive Lens Exchange is performed over 45 years. Laser Vision Correction is more appropriate prior to this to take advantage of the natural lenses ability to change shape while it can and doesn’t affect the ability to have a lens replacement in the future.
5. What technology do you use?
You only have one pair of eyes, you obviously want the best for them. Freedom Eye Laser has the most advanced form of laser vision correction available, Contura Vision. As well as correcting your glasses prescription, it takes a 22,000 data point map of your cornea and then using this information perfects all the subtle irregularities on the surface. It is the first time an eye procedure can achieve vision 2 lines on the chart better than what can be achieved with glasses.
If you’d like to know more about how Dr James Genge and the team at Freedom Eye Laser can help restore your vision with eye correction surgery, we hope you’ll contact us today for a consultation.