In years past, surgical patients received almost all the information about an upcoming procedure from their doctor. Patients trusted their doctor implicitly to perform whatever procedure (such as knee replacement, appendectomy, even heart surgery) was necessary for their best health.
Now, technology has created many alternatives to capture information available about that procedure. For example, there are different types of replacement knees that patients can become tremendously informed about just by perusing information online.
We believe a well-informed patient is good for the doctor-patient relationship with regard to LASIK and cataract surgery. There are choices available with LASIK such as Custom LASIK compared to Traditional LASIK and the use of a Microkeratome blade to create a flap compared to a Laser to create the flap.
Some are apprehensive by the word "bladeless" because this implies that the microkeratome, which uses a blade, is scarier to the patient. The implication that a microkeratome is somehow more risky is a MYTH. Your LASIK surgeon will thoroughly discuss all of your questions and concerns and provide the best options for the best outcome.
Cataract surgery opens a realm of possibilities with regard to which type of replacement lens is used. A monofocal lens is the most common type of lens used in cataract surgery, according to AAO. This type of lens is designed to give you crisp, clear vision at one particular distance. If you attempt to look at items that are closer or farther away than this set distance, those items may appear blurred. You can gain professional insight and review the opinions of cataract surgeons on IOL technology and the advantages of monofocal, presbyoptic, and toric lenses.
“Patients researching LASIK and other surgical procedures is a good thing,” says Dr. Shofner. With both LASIK and cataract patients, research carried out on line and on a surgeon’s website such as Shofner Vision Center help improve the communication between the patient and the physician. The result is a better surgical outcome satisfying patient expectations.