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As the title suggests, I want to correct my vision via surgery. I have myopia and mild astigmatism; both well within the bounds of what's correctable.
The trouble is—I have no idea how to go about getting this accomplished. I am all-but-certain my company vision coverage won't pay for it, but I'm willing to front the cash. What is the first step in making this happen? As silly as this may sound, I'm 23 and haven't gone to the doctor since moving out of my parents' house—I just don't get sick. I have no idea how to pick a doctor or where to look for a listing of them or anything like that.
I've done a fair bit of reading over the years on the various procedures and I have some idea what to expect on that front (I understand this is not a substitute for a consultation with an ophthalmologist). I am interested in one of the surface ablation procedures (likely PRK, and likely wavefront-guided). I've got enough money saved and I can handle the PTO situation with respect to work.
I suppose if I had to break it down, my questions would be as follows:
1) If my next step is something other than talking to an ophthalmologist, let me know.
2) How should I pick an ophthalmologist? Is there a list of these guys somewhere? What kind of criteria should I be using?
3) Is there anything else I'm not thinking of?
Thanks for any help; I have a good idea of what I want to have happen, but I'm not sure what to do to make it so.