Guess what? People will pay for better vision!
No one really wants to get eye surgery. For many people, however, cataracts are inevitable – roughly 50 percent of Americans develop cataracts before age 75. Because cataracts can only be treated through surgery, these people will need a doctor to poke around in their eyes whether they like it or not.
Why shouldn’t they make the best of it?
Premium cataract surgery is once in a lifetime
These days, cataract surgery isn’t just a surgical procedure – it’s a lifestyle upgrade. Many patients will overlook laser-assisted cataract surgery’s steep price tag if it means clearer vision. After all, if they’re going to go under the knife, they might as well emerge with better vision!
“You cannot judge a book by its cover,” said Dr. Y Ralph Chu in an article published in Review of Ophthalmology. “We get a wide range of patients who choose to do this kind of procedure (laser-assisted cataract surgery), and their financial status may have nothing to do with it. It’s more of an attitude thing.”
In other words, try not to make assumptions about your patient’s financial situation when it comes to premium versus traditional cataract surgery. Some individuals prefer to splurge when it comes to their eyes.
Which patients benefit the most from femto?
Lifestyle questionnaires can be an excellent way to gauge whether laser-assisted cataract surgery is right for your patient. For instance, the Dell Questionnaire, a lifestyle questionnaire created by award-winning eye surgeon Steven J. Dell, MD, is a favorite of many ophthalmologists.
If your patient expresses an interest in refractive cataract surgery and/or has a lifestyle that would benefit from a refractive procedure, bring up the possibility of laser-assisted cataract surgery! After all, good vision is once in a lifetime.