What is Co-management for LASIK, Epi-LASIK, PRK, and Intra-LASIK?
In cases where the surgery center is located far away, some surgeons are agreeable to co-managing with another ophthalmologist or optometrist. For this type of arrangement to work there must be good communication between providers.
Both the surgeon the eye care provider who will be doing follow up care must agree in advance in order for co-management to be effective. If there is a late complication the follow-up provider must be able to communicate with the surgeon and arrange additional visits or treatments with the surgeon if necessary. This arrangement works well for those who may live in more rural areas where they may have to travel into a metropolitan center to access laser vision correction.
Co-management: describes an arrangement between the surgery center and another eye care provider such as an optometrist.
Communication: for co-management arrangements to work there must be excellent communication between the surgeon and the co-manager.
Benefit: for some people co-management is a great option due to geographic reasons, if their usual provider has better hours, or if they wish to continue care with a trusted provider
If you are interested in considering a co-management arrangement ask your current eye care provider if this is an option or speak to your laser vision correction surgeon. If you need more information about this topic or about laser vision correction, contact our staff or call 403-547-9775.