I had Lasik done about 11 years ago. I was referred to the doctor who I ended up using. So advice #1: referrals/references.
When I went in for the “pre-procedure” evaluation and meet the doctor, I asked why I should use her to both the assitant doctor, and the surgeon herself.
The assistant doctor gave a pretty good answer: he told me that the surgeon had been doing the “pre-lasik” procedure, called a “cold cut” where, instead of a flap, they actually separated the piece of the cornea before applying the laser, for 10+ years. So in the (absolute) worst case scenario, where, instead of a flap, they cut all the way through, she had tons of experience in dealing with it.
But the surgeon herself gave an even better answer. She said that as with so many of the other lasik doctors in the area, she could also quote the many 100’s of patients she’s treated. But she said that she was confident that she had performed the lasik procedure on more doctors than any other clinic could claim. To me, doctors have the “inside scoop” on who to see for their personal treatment, and this claim spoke loads to me.
I have been very pleased with my results. And my normal eye doctor, who did all the follow up check-ups, said I had about the best results he’d ever seen. And in the years since, he’s recommended some of his patients who went to cheaper lasik doctors, to MY lasik doctor to correct the problems from the crappy procedures !
Hope this helps (unfortunately, the lasik doctor I used is in the San Diego area).