With the recent revelation in Hello Magazine that X-Factor judge and former Spice Girl Mel B is blind in one eye due to botched laser eye surgery, we felt it was important that we help you choose the right laser eye clinic.
Complications in eye surgery are extremely rare, but as Mel B’s experience has showed us, you cannot be too careful when it comes to choosing the right eye clinic for your surgery. What follows is a brief guide on what to look out for when you’re deciding which laser surgery clinic to opt for.
Price – Cheapest is not the best option
Common sense normally dictates that we shop around for the cheapest option. Not so with laser eye surgery. A recent Which? Survey showed that high street clinics which offered ‘the best deals’ let down the patient in two ways:
- they had plenty of hidden costs and
- their claims of using the latest equipment were often unsubstantiated.
The Which? Survey discovered that when it came to laser eye surgery you often received what you paid for. It is important to remember that unlike a product, eye surgery is delivered at different standards depending on which clinic you opt for. These standards are dictated by company policy and the skill of the surgeons and support staff working in it.
The Laser Eye Surgeon – Questions to ask
Without question, the skill of the surgeon is the most vital aspect to the success of any laser eye surgery. The better clinics have highly experienced and respected surgeons carrying out eye surgery on patients. Often their credentials are advertised on the website stating their experience, qualifications, and the respect they command among their peers.
To that end, always ask these questions before you commit to laser eye surgery:
- What is the personal success rate of the surgeon performing the procedure they have suggested for you?
- How many times has the surgeon performed the procedure? Is the procedure regularly performed by the surgeon?
- Will you be able to see the surgeon prior to surgery on the day of your consultation?
- What are the possible complications and what follow up actions will be undertaken should a complication occur? Will you be able to see the surgeon should you experience complications?
- Is the surgeon cornea trained? Not all surgeons are. Laser eye surgery is a diverse area of medicine and surgeons specialise in different aspects of eye surgery.
It should be noted that a laser eye surgery clinic which does not advertise its surgeon’s success rate and other credentials could be telling you something important inadvertently.
Overall, you should opt for an eye surgeon which commands respect among their peers and has a proven track record of success.
The Clinic’s Reputation
Like surgeons, clinic’s have reputations too. Although a 4 out of 5 rating looks good on paper, the Which? survey painted a different picture when their research teams probed a little deeper. Many of the popular high street chains failed to follow up the more scathing criticisms of their patients. Arguably, it is policies of this kind which played a part in Mel B’s experience of laser eye surgery.
When assessing a clinic’s reputation look at where the reviews are posted and the nature of the reviews. Do they all look a little samey or duplicated? Check their social media pages and try and make the same assessment. If they all have a similar feel, it could be a sign that the clinic is not quite as good as it claims.
Other important aspects to look at are:
- How long has the clinic been established
- Success rate
- Complication rate
Making the Decision for your Laser Eye Surgery
It is always good to shop around for any major purchase you make. When it comes to our vision we feel you should opt for quality over catchy deals. Make the time to assess your options and please feel free to get in touch if you have questions.
Don’t End Up Like Mel B
If you are interested in laser eye surgery and are looking for the highest quality surgeons and eye clinic, then look no further than Advanced Vision Care based in Harley Street.
Why not call AVC TODAY on 0800 652 4878 and request your free information pack or book your consultation to find out how we can help you.