Start with Your Regular Eye Care Professional
Whether you normally see an optometrist or an ophthalmologist, it is important to have regular eye checkups. If you have been diagnosed with a vision-related condition, the American Optometric Association recommends annual visits to an eye care professional. Even if you have no prior history of vision problems, getting an eye exam every two years is recommended.
If You Need Surgery
LASIK is generally an “ambulatory” procedure, meaning the surgery is conducted in an outpatient facility such as a surgery center. Do your research on the different variations of these surgeries and the technology now available to make sure you understand the risks and the experience of the surgeon you select.
How to Find an Eye Care Professional
There are many ways to find an eye care professional. You can start by asking your regular physician for a referral or recommendations from friends. You can also look up eye care professionals online to see how long they have been practicing, where they trained, and even how other patients rate them. You may also type your zip code into the myeyes.com Find an Eye Care Professional tool.