Dr. Richardson will answer your questions and discuss the different Lasik surgeries available.
When you are ready, we will schedule a Lasik Evaluation with Dr. Richardson. He will dilate your eyes and examine your eyes to determine if you are a good candidate for Lasik.
He will also help you find a surgeon to do the procedure.
After the surgery, Dr. Richardson will do the follow-up visits for your Lasik procedure.
Clearing up the picture on laser eye surgery. Experts urge caution in finding doctor, learning risks
AT A GLANCE * Lasik surgery is the most popular type of procedure to correct blurry vision. * One study found that after six months, patients had a 70 percent chance of 20/20 vision. * Additional surgery -- called enhancements -- may be needed months after the original surgery. * In the United States, a person must be 18 years old for most refractive surgery. Source: Council for Refractive Surgery Quality Assurance
(CNN) -- Millions of Americans are flocking to eye doctors, wanting laser surgery to correct their vision problems. Many people are happy with the results, but for some, it can do more damage than good.
Experts say finding the right doctor and understanding the risks can help prospective patients get a clearer picture of the results they can expect....
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which approves what types of lasers doctors can use, says possible risks or complications from surgery include the possibility of permanent vision loss, the need for additional treatment or eyeglasses to achieve 20/20 vision and the chance that improvements may not last forever.
Doctor: Consider more than price
Finding the best doctor for the job takes research, and experts say looking for the best price is not the best place to start.
"[Patients] wouldn't want to get discount open heart surgery or budget brain surgery," said Dr. Terrence O'Brien of John Hopkins University's Wilmer Eye Institute in Baltimore, Maryland. "Yet some people devalue their eyes and would risk a major complication to have a discounted eye surgery."
The ads for some clinics also could contain red flags, O'Brien said.
"If you have an advertisement that boasts of thousands and thousands of procedures being performed, one should be cautious," he said. "[It may be a] commercialized outfit that is more interested in quantity than quality."
Instead, O'Brien said, look for a clinic with good preoperative screening. This approach should rule out people with severe nearsightedness or extreme astigmatism.
Experts also recommend checking for thorough postoperative care to handle problems that may arise after the procedure.