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What should I consider when choosing a laser eye surgeon or clinic?

As with most things in life, it's tempting to choose the cheapest option when looking for an eye surgeon. Although you would be right to assume that most laser specialists in the UK are highly skilled and experienced, you'd be wrong to assume that they're all of an equal standard. Some surgeons are considerably better than others. And when it's something as important as your eyesight, that extra quality is well worth the extra few pounds it may cost.

However, before you automatically choose the most expensive laser surgeon in your area, it's also worth noting that price isn't always a guarantee of quality. Some clinics and surgeons may be expensive simply due to their desirable postcode rather than a reflection on their quality. A little research is needed to identify the best surgeon you can afford.

It's usually best to arrange consultations with at least three clinics to find out what they have to offer. This gives you the chance to look around, and talk to the staff. These consultations are the ideal opportunity to gather information. If you don't ask at least ten questions during your appointment, you are taking the whole process too lightly. Remember, you will be placing your trust and your eyesight in the hands of these people. Now is not the time to be shy or reserved.

There are numerous sensible questions to ask your laser eye surgeon, the most important of which are as follows:

- How long have you been performing laser eye surgery?

- Are you a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons or equivalent?

- How many procedures have you carried out in the past year?

- What percentage of your patients require corrective treatment?

- How many of your patients have experienced serious complications?

- Can I see written testimonials from satisfied patients?

If you don't feel comfortable in a clinic or the staff aren't particularly friendly, it's time to move on to the next one. With new laser eye clinics opening every week, you probably won't need to look far.

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