Know the Risks and Procedure Limitations

Overtreatment or undertreatment - are you willing and able to have more than one surgery to get the desired result?

May still need reading glasses - do you have presbyopia?

Results may not be lasting - do you think this is the last correction you will ever need? Do you realize that long-term results are not known?

May permanently lose vision - do you know some patients may lose some vision or experience blindness?

Development of visual symptoms - do you know about glare, halos, starbursts, etc. and that night driving might be difficult?

Contrast sensitivity - do you know your vision could be significantly reduced in dim light conditions?

Bilateral treatment - do you know the additional risks of having both eyes treated at the same time?

Patient information - have you read the patient information booklet about the laser being used for your procedure?

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Know the preoperative, operative and postoperative expectations?