Are Forums A Waste Of Time?
When considering any kind of elective surgery such as cosmetic surgery, liposuction or laser eye surgery it’s always a good idea to find out as much information about the procedure, its consequences and any possible complications as you can. More than most procedures, laser eye surgery raises a diversity of queries and concerns among prospective patients: is it safe? Will there be complications? How much does it cost? How long is the recovery period? And so on. Answers to these questions can be provided by your chosen laser eye surgery clinic as part of your eye assessment and consultation, but if you’re still in the process of selecting a laser eye surgery provider you’ll need to find the answers to your questions elsewhere.
Of course, you can always refer to the websites of the various laser eye clinics themselves for information, but you may feel that the reassurances given are not sufficiently impartial or detailed enough to enable you to make an informed decision about your laser eye surgery. This is where laser eye surgery forums can help.
Real People, Real Experiences
Laser eye surgery forums provide the perfect medium for anyone curious about laser eye surgery to have their questions answered by patients who have already undergone surgery and by eye care professionals. Laser eye surgery forums cover a much broader diversity of topics than could be covered on a website alone, and often a single question will receive a number of answers from different members of the online community. The chances are that most, if not all, of the queries and concerns you might have about laser eye surgery have already been addressed on the many laser eye surgery forums on the web. Most provide a useful ‘search’ facility enabling you to find the information you need quickly without having to wade through masses of forum posts.
For British patients here is a selection of the laser eye surgery forums that you might find the most useful.
TreatmentSaver.com – http://www.treatmentsaver.com/lasereyesurgery/forum
TreatmentSaver.com is an independent health care comparison website for laser eye treatment, cosmetic surgery and dentists throughout the UK. Although the site is not strictly dedicated to laser eye surgery alone, the forum answers questions both common and more specific to individual laser eye surgery cases and allows you to easily add your own questions.
Laser Eye Forum – http://www.lasereyeforum.com/index.php
This is perhaps the most comprehensive laser eye surgery forum for UK patients on the internet. It seems as though every possible topic relating to laser eye surgery has been covered here, even including honest answers to questions about the legitimacy and ability of individual laser eye surgeons. Laser Eye Forum suggests that you sign up for an account in order to enjoy the maximum benefits of the site; you can’t reply to a question or start a new thread unless you’re a member, but you can browse through the vast history of topics available here before you sign up.
Optimax Laser Eye Surgery Forum – http://faq.optimax.co.uk/instantforum/
Restricted to the experiences of Optimax patients and to questions relating to Optimax’s approach to laser eye surgery this forum may be useful if Optimax is one of the laser eye surgery clinics you are considering.
Ultralase Laser Eye Surgery Forum – http://www.ultralase.com/vites/forum
Ultralase claim that theirs was the very first laser eye surgery forum, dating back to 2003. At first glance this forum does not appear to be as comprehensive as others, but it is clear that the views expressed are unedited by Ultralase and therefore give a realistic and unbiased view of the pros and cons of laser eye surgery.