When it comes to choosing a laser eye surgery provider, you might feel overwhelmed by the long list of companies who, at first glance, all seem to offer the same service. In reality though, there are a range of questions you should be asking in order to set apart the very best laser eye surgery providers from all of the competition.
Finding the right provider is vital to ensure you get the best possible results from this life-changing treatment. To help you get started, we’ve put together our top tips for choosing a laser eye surgery provider on the infographic below.
Before you go ahead with choosing a laser eye surgery provider, make sure you’ve thought about the following questions.
Does the provider offer the latest laser eye surgery techniques?
The very best laser eye surgery providers will offer the most up-to-date treatments, and this means giving you the option of ReLEx SMILE surgery as well as LASIK and LASEK.
SMILE is the third generation of laser eye surgery and is a minimally invasive treatment which is suitable for more people than LASIK and LASEK, including those with higher prescriptions of short-sightedness. If a laser eye surgery provider offers SMILE surgery at their hospitals or clinics, as we do at Optegra, then you know they are leading the way in the industry.
Are they using the latest technology?
The latest technology is paramount for any laser eye surgery provider to ensure superior results and greater comfort for patients, and is also necessary in order to offer the latest laser eye treatments such as SMILE. If a provider isn’t using the latest laser eye technology then we advise you look elsewhere. Here at Optegra, our eye hospitals and clinics are equipped with the best technology to ensure outstanding results.
Do they offer dedicated eye hospitals and clinics?
Choosing a state-of-the-art eye hospital is important to ensure you have access to the very best facilities. Many high street clinics do not offer the same level of comfort, technology and expertise as specialist eye care hospitals. Optegra offers dedicated eye hospitals and clinics in locations up and down the country.
Do they offer the very best surgeons?
Your eyes are incredibly precious, so naturally you only want world class surgeons carrying out your procedure. You’ll only find the most experienced and highly regarded surgeons at the best laser eye surgery providers, such as Optegra.
Laser eye surgery is an unregulated industry in the UK, so ask your surgeon if they are NHS trained and a Fellow of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists or equivalent organisations in order to check their credentials.
Do they offer a free consultation?
The best laser eye surgery providers won’t cash in on patients who want to ask questions about their services. This is why you should always make sure a provider offers free laser eye surgery consultations so you can fully assess the hospital, facilities, surgeons and their credentials before paying a penny. Consultations are also vital in order to check a patient’s suitability for laser surgery, and at Optegra we believe this should always be done on a no cost basis.
Do they have five star status on independent review sites like TrustPilot?
To find out how good a laser eye surgery provider is, it’s best to hear from the patients themselves, and there’s no better place to do this than independent review sites like TrustPilot. Companies have no say on what reviews appear on their TrustPilot page, and therefore you can be sure that these reviews are accurate experiences of patients.
There’s a huge difference between four and five star ratings – a 20% gap from one to the other – so make sure you choose a five star laser eye surgery provider like Optegra in order to get the very best level of treatment.
Can you visit the hospital for an open evening?
The best laser eye surgery providers will always encourage you to visit their hospitals in order to find out more about their surgeons, technology and patients’ experiences. Laser eye surgery open evenings help to show that premium providers have nothing to hide and are a great way to find out everything you need to know about your treatment and the hospital where it will be carried out. At Optegra, we hold regular open evenings at our 12 eye hospitals and clinics nationwide.
Is the provider professionally recommended by GPs and Optometrists?
It’s always worth getting the opinions of those in the industry before choosing a laser eye surgery provider. Find out if they are recommended by GPs and optometrists to get a better impression of how they’re viewed in the wider industry.
Are they a trusted authority on all matters on eye health, or just a laser eye surgery provider?
A premium laser eye surgery provider will not only offer laser eye treatments but also be an authority on all areas relating to eye health and eye conditions. Here at Optegra, we offer treatments for a wide range of conditions, including glaucoma, cataracts, floaters, eyelid conditions and age-related macular degeneration (AMD). All treatments are tailored to patients’ needs, with thorough aftercare advice and regular check-ups.
Hopefully you’ll now have a clearer idea of how to choose a laser eye surgery provider. One of the best ways to know if a provider is right for you is to pay them a visit, so why not come along to one of our open evenings or book a free consultation to see our facilities for yourself.