FAQ - Choosing a provider
Of all the decisions you'll make regarding your eye treatment, choosing who will perform it may feel like the hardest. It’s completely understandable that you’d like to put some thought into which provider you have you treatment with and we suggest visiting or being in touch with at least 2 providers.
There are some questions, which you could ask that may help to make your decision easier.
Can I see your company results?
All companies should be able to provide you with their own treatment results and explain how they are applicable to you.
What qualifications does my surgeon have?
All companies should be able to provide details of their surgeons' qualifications. All practitioners must hold registration with the General Medical Council in the UK and with the Ireland Medical Council in Ireland as a minimum.
In addition they may also be Fellows of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, Fellows of the Royal College of Surgeons (UK/Ireland) or be recognised as eye specialists by the General Medical Council (GMC) or the Ireland Medical Council (IMC). For laser surgeons, there is also a certification in the laser eye treatment from the Royal College of Ophthalmologists (RCO).
The RCO certification is the latest and only independent assessment of competence in laser eye treatment and is gained after strict assessment in areas such as surgical skill and patient management. Only 71 surgeons are accredited in the UK and it’s important to know your surgeon has this certification.
Can I see statistics on my surgeon?
Your treatment provider should be able to provide statistics on your surgeon and also an up to date CV. Guidelines suggest your surgeon should be treating 200 or more people each year.
Is there any cost for aftercare? For how long is aftercare provided without cost?
All aftercare relating to your treatment should be provided free of charge. Many companies claim to offer a Lifetime Care Guarantee, however this sometimes refer to the lifetime of their treatment process rather than a true lifetime so be sure to clarify this.