Laser refractive surgery, commonly known as LASIK, has become a popular and attractive option for those seeking freedom from glasses or contact lenses. However, many wonder whether their optometrist can advise them on this type of surgery.

First, it's essential to understand the optometrist's role in vision care. Optometrists are eye health professionals trained to diagnose, treat and manage various vision problems. Their training includes an in-depth knowledge of eye anatomy, vision disorders and vision correction technologies, including laser refractive surgery. 

When considering laser refractive surgery, your optometrist can play an important role. First, they can assess your eligibility for surgery by performing a thorough eye exam to determine if you're a good candidate. They will also review your medical and eye health history to ensure that you have no contraindications to surgery. 

Once your optometrist has determined that you are a good candidate for laser refractive surgery, they can provide you with information and advice on the different options available and the benefits and risks associated with each procedure. They can also discuss expected results and recovery time.

It is important to note that although your optometrist can provide you with valuable information and advice on laser refractive surgery, they cannot perform the surgery themselves. This procedure is performed by an ophthalmologist, a doctor specializing in eye care and eye surgery. However, your optometrist can work closely with an ophthalmologist to direct you to the professional best suited to your needs and to ensure a smooth transition before and after surgery.

Your optometrist can advise you on laser refractive surgery by assessing your eligibility, providing information on the options available and guiding you through the process. If you are considering laser refractive surgery, please discuss your options with your optometrist at your next appointment.