Hi. I'm online and happy to answer your question today.
I am glad to see that you are doing such a good job of learning everything you can about your surgical options.
But I really think you need to dump these doctors and find an ophthalmologist that you are comfortable with. This is too important of a decision to go to a doctor that doesn't help you to feel comfortable.
Can you tell me about these "special tests" that cost $300? Were these tests done by the optometrist or the surgeon? What was done during these tests? Why did they say you needed them?
I see that you are offline. I will switch to Q&A format. This format works a lot like 'text messaging' but an email is sent to each of us anytime something is posted to this thread. We can continue to work on your question there..... :)
Thank you for your response.
1. Tests performed: unfortunately, I did not get a copy of the list of tests performed. I did note that the price included post-operative refractions and a "special" post-operative kit. The tests were performed by a technician. I was told that these tests were required by the surgeon and were non-negotiable. As I have paid for them, I am entitled to the results.
2. I am amazed that neither surgeon reviewed my records before stating what was to be done.
3. I had been interested in monovision, but doctor #2 said I was not eligible because I hadn't worn contacts. Yet I have read how other physicians have tested monovision on a candidate before surgery (through glasses or contacts).
4. I'm running out of time, since my eye is completely clouded over.
5. I fear that dr #2 will charge me for the lens even if I don't use him.
6. The only other option that I can think of is Baskin-Palmer, which is located about 1 hour from my home.
I agree that neither surgeon inspires confidence, yet both are "tops in their field".