Learn about the steps we take to minimize LASIK risks at our Salt Lake City office.
DR. PHIL HOOPES, JR.: When I talk to patients prior to LASIK, I remind them that they’re undergoing eye surgery. Some people seem to forget, because of how common it is, that it is surgery. And with any surgery performed, in any field of medicine, there will be risk. We’ve picked what we feel like is the safest technology to minimize risk. We go through extensive preoperative testing, with the most advanced computerized software and corneal imaging techniques. All those are meant to find the people that we think are at too much risk to have the surgery, so that we can prevent those risks, by telling them, “No,” before it’s ever started. Next, we’ve picked what we think is the safest technology out there, whether or not it’s using the IntraLase to perform very well, thinned, controlled flaps each and every time, all the way to the lasers which optimize cornea shape, and improve both daytime and nighttime vision. Even so, there is risk, undergoing surgery, for that person who might look like a perfect candidate. We’ll address that risk through our literature, through our informed consent, as well as your one-on-one time with the surgeon, prior to your surgery, in hopes that you feel like you know everything that is going on, and that you can be comfortable, before having the surgery.