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If you are considering Laser
Vision Correction (LASIK or PRK),
THE PROBLEM: CO-MANAGEMENT
WHY OPTOMETRISTS ADVERTISE LASIK?
OPTOMETRISTS ARE NOT LICENSED TO PERFORM LASIK SURGERY. SO WHY DO
THEY SEEK OUT PATIENTS WANTING LASIK SURGERY?
In order to be fair, we must point out that
some ophthalmologists who do not perform laser vision correction also refer
patients for $$$, the same as optometrists!
The surgery is being performed by surgeons who have never seen the patient before and will likely never see the patient again. The surgeon (AND PATIENT!) relies on the optometrist to do the correct preoperative evaluation and postoperative care.
THE PROBLEM: OFTEN THE SURGEON DOESN'T EVEN LIVE IN THE CITY WHERE HE PERFORMS THE SURGERY!
Who is going to take care of you in the event of a problem when your surgeon lives hundreds of miles away? The local surgeon, whom you bypassed to have your surgery, is certainly NOT going to care for you in this scenario.
WOULD YOU EVER CONSIDER HAVING YOUR GALL BLADDER REMOVED OR YOUR HERNIA REPAIRED BY SOMEONE WHO FLIES INTO YOUR HOSPITAL ONCE A WEEK?
Obviously, for someone living in a remote setting, this might be necessary. In the case of laser vision correction, we are usually talking about areas served by local doctors trained to perform the surgery.
REMEMBER: PUBLIC CORPORATIONS ARE FIRST RESPONSIBLE TO PROVIDE PROFITS TO THEIR SHAREHOLDERS.
See Related Article on the Coprorate practice of Refractive Surgery
BEFORE YOU HAVE LASER VISION CORRECTION
BE SURE TO FIND OUT THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION:
Make sure the doctor performing the surgery does his or her own preoperative evaluation of your eyes. After all, you would not have brain surgery without being first evaluated by a neurosurgeon.
Find out how much of the postoperative care will be performed by the surgeon and for how long? Find out if the surgeon is going to be available to you in case of an emergency.
Find out if the surgeon lives in your city or town. Make sure you have a thorough discussion regarding the risks, benefits and alternatives pertaining to your surgical procedure with the doctor who will be performing the surgery. This is his/her legal and ethical responsibility. Accept no substitutes! THERE ARE SIGNIFICANT RISKS INVOLVED WITH THIS SURGERY.
Above all, make sure you have a comfortable relationship with your surgeon. Know the surgeon's reputation and qualifications.TAKE YOUR TIME AND MAKE THE CORRECT DECISIONS. DO NOT BE PRESSURED INTO A HASTY DECISION. DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH. YOU CAN NOT TAKE BACK WHAT WILL BE DONE.
DO NOT BE BLINDED BY SLICK MARKETING, UNREALISTIC PROMISES AND DEEP DISCOUNTS.
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