The Best Laser Eye Centers in Shelby County AL Are the Ones Proven Safe To Use
Laser vision centers in Shelby County AL bearing The Prime Buyer's Report TOP 10 symbol are those laser eye surgeons who have exceeded the minimum Alabama regulatory requirement. They are the ones proven by our independent research to have passed the TOP 10 requirements for results and value, and for whom our staff has called previous patients to verify high satisfaction with them for laser vision correction in Shelby County AL, including lasik surgery, lasek, PRK and more for the correction of farsightedness, nearsightedness, astigmatism, and more.
Updated November 04, 2016
The Best Laser Eye Centers in Shelby County AL Are the Ones Proven Safe To Use
The state of Alabama requires laser vision centers in Shelby County AL to be licensed by the state which requires a medical education and postgraduate training. But neither the license nor the requisite education and training is specific to laser vision correction or lasik surgery, making it all the more critical that the surgeon you use has verified expertise in the specialty of laser vision correction surgery.
So the state license alone is no guarantee that any particular lasik vision center in Shelby County AL is doing business ethically, providing real value, or satisfying patients.
This makes it all the more significant that all laser vision correction surgeons in Shelby County AL who bear The Prime Buyer's Report-TOP 10 symbol have been cleared by our research staff as passing all the requirements for Prime Buyer's Report-TOP 10 status such as survey phone calls to previous patients to verify high satisfaction, verified state medical license, good complaint record, verified liability insurance, best business practices, and more.
Lasik in Shelby County AL
Refractive eye surgery using lasers (light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation) to correct vision problems began in the 1980s, although not in the United States. It wasn't until 1995 that the FDA approved of the technique for doctors in this country. The original procedure, which is still offered today, was known as PRK, or photorefractive keratectomy. PRK uses an excimer laser (a type of laser that can remove extremely fine layers of biological material on a cornea without heat or damaging the tissue left behind) to gently and quickly reshape the cornea, improving the eye's ability to focus.
Another early technique to treat myopia (nearsightedness) was radial keratotomy, or RK, in which the surgeon made small incisions, like pie slices, in the cornea to allow it to spread and flatten, improving vision. Later, more advanced techniques of refractive eye surgery were developed including LASIK (laser assisted in situ keratomileusis, which involve slicing a small flap in the cornea to fold it back and reshape (with a laser) the underlying tissue, then carefully replacing the flap for typically quick healing), and LASEK (laser assisted sub-epithelial keratectomy, in which the corneal surface is loosened and treated with a laser to reshape the cornea, somewhat like PRK).
People that are nearsighted (myopia), farsighted (hyperopia) or have astigmatisms (an irregularly shaped cornea) are often good candidates for LASIK surgery or LASEK surgery, although that can only be determined on a case-by-case basis. For most, returning the eyesight to perfect 20/20 vision is quite possible and often done successfully. Others may still require corrective lenses but with a much lighter prescription.
Typically, laser eye surgery takes place while the patient is awake, using a local anesthetic to numb the eye. The patient can leave the office shortly after the procedure, usually with immediate improvement in eyesight. While these laser eye surgery procedures are simple, painless and quick, there are some risks, including dry eyes, halos when looking at lights, double vision, difficulty seeing in low light situations and actual vision loss. However, the more severe of these possible laser eye surgery side effects are rare. Be sure to ask your laser eye surgeon about these side effects and what you can do to lessen the chances of them occurring.
Some people are not good candidates for laser eye surgery. For example, some occupations prohibit their employees undergoing the procedure. It can be expensive and is considered by many insurance companies to be elective surgery and therefore not covered. If you have an autoimmune disease or other major illness, that may preclude you from being a good candidate for LASIK eye surgery or other types of laser vision correction.
Other types of eye problems can also be a consideration. Steroids or other drugs that inhibit healing can disqualify you from laser eye surgery. Those with unusually strong glasses prescriptions and those whose prescriptions have changed recently may not be the best candidates for the surgery, along with those with extra-large pupils or thin corneas and dry-eye conditions. Your laser eye surgeon or Shelby County eye care center can tell you more about these considerations.
Cornea Transplants in Shelby County AL
Some lasik correction surgeons in Shelby County AL also perform cornea transplants. The cornea is the transparent, dome-shaped surface of your eye that accounts for a large part of your eye's focusing power. A cornea transplant, also called keratoplasty, is a surgical procedure to replace part of your cornea with corneal tissue from a donor.
There are different types of cornea transplants. One is the traditional full thickness cornea transplant also referred to as penetrating keratoplasty (PK). Another is endothelial keratoplasty (EK)
During traditional corneal transplant surgery, or penetrating keratoplasty (PK), a circular button-shaped, full-thickness section of tissue is removed from the diseased or injured cornea using either a surgical cutting instrument called a trephine or a femtosecond laser.
During endothelial keratoplasty (EK) only the endothelim, the innermost layer of the cornea, is replaced, leaving overlying healthy corneal tissue intact. The cornea transplant surgeon makes a tiny incision and places a thin disc of donor tissue on the back surface of the cornea.
Once an eye doctor and you determine cornea transplant is desired, your name is registered with a local eye bank and it might require a wait of a few days to a few weeks for suitable tissue from a donor eye to become available. The donor cornea is screened for HIV and hepatitis as required by the standards of the Eye Bank Association of America and the regulations of the FDA. The donor cornea is also checked for clarity before being approved for cornea transplant surgery.
Cornea transplant surgery usdually takes no more than an hour or two and you can go home shortly after the procedure. Total recovery time can be up to a year, and it's possible vision will be blurry for the first months until the eye adjusts to the new cornea.
Some Laser Vision Centers in Shelby County AL Are Better Than Others
The Prime Buyer's Report lists these LASIK vision centers in Shelby County AL: . Other laser eye surgeons in Shelby County AL that might still be in business include: .
Questions To Ask Laser Vision Center and Corrective Eye Surgeons in Shelby County AL
When speaking to laser vision centers for lasik in Shelby County AL, ask these questions of their experience, methods, and equipment:
Know What You're Looking For in a LASIK Surgery Center
Before you decide if a particular laser vision center or corrective eye surgeon is right for you, it's best to have some idea of what you're asking for, and why. Obviously, if you are seeking laser eye surgery, you have a vision problem and improving your vision is your goal. But, beyond that, there are other considerations such as health risks, laser eye surgeon experience and the possibility that another corrective eye solution would better serve you. Despite its miraculous results, laser eye surgery isn't always the best solution for all vision problems.
When you begin talking to laser vision centers in Shelby County AL, use the following list of questions as a guideline:
· What was your medical specialty before you entered lasik or corrective eye surgery?
· Will they give you names and phone numbers of patients you can call as references? (All laser vision centers in Shelby County AL featuring The Prime Buyer's Report-TOP 10 symbol have already had patient references called by our research staff so you don't have to.)
· How long have the eye doctors been performing laser eye surgery in Shelby County [:stateab]?
· How many LASIK eye surgeries have the laser vision correction doctors performed?
· Have you ever been disciplined by a board or the state? (All laser vision centers in Shelby County AL featuring The Prime Buyer's Report-TOP 10 symbol have already had good board history verified by our research staff so you don't have to.)
· Have the laser vision correction clinics had patients with your exact eye situation before?
· Does the laser vision center offer LASIK eye surgery, LASEC eye correction or PRK eye surgery?
· How will the laser eye surgeon decide which vision correction surgery is right for you?
· Will they show you proof of active liability insurance? (All laser vision centers in Shelby County AL featuring The Prime Buyer's Report-TOP 10 symbol have already had proof of liability insurance verified by our research staff so you don't have to.)
· What is your success rate for laser vision correction?
· On average, how many revisions do you perform on your own work?
· How long before the initial consultation or LASIK eye surgery should you remove your contact lenses?
· Will the laser vision correction consultation fee be applied to the eye surgery cost?
· Does the eye surgery cost include follow-up enhancements down the road to further improve your vision?
· If so, what is the time limit for the follow up eye surgery?
· Will you need reading glasses after your LASIK eye surgery?
· What complications are possible due to the surgery?
· Are there newer techniques available to accomplish the same thing?
· Is the laser equipment the laser eye surgery centers use FDA approved?
· Do the laser vision correction specialists perform regular maintenance on the laser equipment?
· Is there anything that makes you a less than an ideal candidate for laser eye surgery?
· What, if any, board certifications do you have?
· Does your office offer financing?
Once you've chosen the best LASIK laser eye center in Shelby County AL for your needs, make sure they have a good complaint record. (All laser vision centers in Shelby County AL featuring The Prime Buyer's Report-TOP 10 symbol have already had a complaint record verified by our research staff so you don't have to.)
Often, before the laser eye surgery, patients are required to sign a disclaimer of sorts which lists the risks of the laser eye surgery. This document is not tailored to your particular situation or designed to give you advice; it is intended to protect the doctor by providing informed consent with a generic list of possible risks. It's not a bad idea to ask questions of your own and write down those questions, along with the answers, on the consent form. This may offer you some protection if you are given wrong or bad information before your laser eye surgery.
It's very important that you work with a vision center and corrective eye surgeon with whom you are comfortable and that you trust. From the first phone call, to the initial consultation with the laser eye surgery doctor, be aware of how you are treated. Did the staff and doctor of the vision correction center seem interested, open and patient? Were they forthcoming with answers to your questions, or did they adopt a don't-ask-questions, trust-us-we-know-what-we're-doing attitude.
First Impression of Laser Eye Surgery Centers in Shelby County AL
Good laser vision professionals will listen carefully to what you're saying and asking and will ask great questions in return. That first impression may very well set the tone for your entire experience with the laser vision correction center or the eye doctor, so pay attention to the tone of the conversation. You are not obligated to hire a particular surgeon even after your initial consultation. If it doesn't feel right, for any reason, move on and find another eye surgeon to perform your LASIK eye surgery.
Throughout the process, from the initial call to the operation itself, you will surely have questions. Don't hesitate to ask your doctor or the vision center staff if you have any questions or concerns.
esources About Laser Vision Centers, Vision Correction and Corrective Eye Surgeons in Shelby County AL
Associations & Licensing for Laser Eye Surgery and Laser Vision Correction Centers in Shelby County AL
BBB Better Business Bureau www.bbb.com
LASIK Eye Surgery FDA site www.fda.gov/cdrh/lasik
American Academy of Ophthalmology www.aao.org
American Board of Ophthalmology www.abop.org/
American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery www.ascrs.org
The American Medical Association www.ama-assn.org
Publications Relevant To Lasik & Laser Vision Correction in Shelby County AL
All About Vision LASEK www.allaboutvision.com/visionsurgery/lasek.htm
All About Vision PRK www.allaboutvision.com/visionsurgery/prk.htm
The Prime Buyer's Report provides information for the best laser vision centers and corrective eye surgeons in Shelby County AL within the following zip codes:
35114, 35185, 35080, 35178, 35078, 35176, 35051, 35147, 35043, 35143, 35040, 35137, 35124, 35242-2, 35115, 35186, 35022-2 and 35007
The Prime Buyer's Report provides information for the top 10 laser surgeons and corrective vision centers in Shelby County AL within the following cities:
Alabaster, Brantleyville, Brook Highland, Calera, Chelsea, Childersburg, Columbiana, Dunnavant, Harpersville, Helena, Indian Springs Village, Meadowbrook, Montevallo, Pelham, Shelby, Sterrett, Vandiver, Vincent, Westover, Wilsonville, Wilton, Highland Lakes and Shoal Creek