Here is my list-to-date of questions regarding the decision whether to have LASIK surgery to correct my vision. I post these in case they are useful to others. I’d still appreciate any additions to the list!

Decision factors

  • Am I a good candidate for this surgery?
  • How many procedures has the doctor done?
  • What is her success rate?
  • What technology is he using?
  • How many points are the eyes measured at?
  • How high is the risk of night vision issues?
  • How big are my pupils? (Can be a contributing factor to night vision issues, if the pupil’s naturally dilated state is larger than the corrected area.)
  • Is the surgery likely to damage my near vision? Am I likely to need reading glasses soon?
  • What is the likelihood that I will still need glasses for far vision after surgery?
  • If my vision is corrected to 20/20, how is that likely to change as I age?
  • What other complications are possible? How likely are they?

Other stuff I need to know:

  • What is the expected recovery time / experience?
  • What are the restictions on my activities while I recover?
  • What follow-up care will I need?
  • What is the likelihood of needing an “enhancement”? What technology would be used for that?
  • How good is the doctor’s English? The nurse’s, and other office personnel? (Note: not a decision factor in whether to have surgery, but it is one in where to have it.)
  • How much will it cost and how much of that will insurance pay?