Choosing a Right LASIK Surgeon
So you have decided to move forward with LASIK surgery. That’s great! The next step is to choose the right LASIK surgeon. How do you choose the right surgeon to correct your vision problems? There are many factors you should take into consideration when choosing a LASIK surgeon.
Here are just a few:
It’s all about your surgeon’s reputation. Are they highly-reputed within the community? Have you heard good stories about them? Are they highly knowledgeable in their field? Do they have lots of previous experience? These are questions that you should ask before deciding on a surgeon or surgical center.
Any certifications, licenses, or degrees are certainly something to look for in a surgeon. If he/she has little or unknown credentials, do not pursue the surgeon. Reputable surgeons will openly offer you information about their credentials, success rate, and safety record in surgical eye procedures. Please note that surgical eye procedures completed by non-licensed persons is illegal and could cause serious health risks to your vision and overall health. Surgeons who have documentation regarding their medical credentials are key when choosing the right surgeon to complete your LASIK eye surgery.
Relationship With Your Eye Doctor
The right surgeon will consult with your eye doctor before they move forward with the LASIK eye surgery. This is because the surgeon will want to become more knowledgeable about your previous eye health and your medical history in order to help you achieve the best vision possible. The surgeon will take your previous medical files and conduct a new set of eye tests to achieve accuracy and determine the best surgical eye procedure for you. When a surgeon contacts your doctor for your medical records, it is a good sign. You may also ask your doctor his or her opinion of the surgeon to help you decide on whether the surgeon is right for you.
Relationship With Patients
It’s important for you to feel comfortable when around your surgeon. After all, they will be executing a procedure which will affect you for the rest of your life. Consider how the surgeon addresses you and your eye problem. Are they providing you with as much information as possible? Do they offer alternative views on procedures? Do they make sure you understand all aspects of the surgery? Surgeons who consult with you and offer you step-by-step information about eye surgeries and express all possible avenues to correct your vision are top contenders when choosing an appropriate surgeon.
Also, think about how they present themselves to you. Are they professional? Ask other patients of the surgeon how their procedures went and what they thought of the surgeon. Ideally, you want to choose surgeons who conduct themselves professionally and yet are approachable.
What is the surgeon’s success rate? What is the surgical center’s success rate? Does the surgeon/surgical center offer patients post-procedure check-ups or adjustments? Are the adjustments at an additional cost to the patients? Will the surgical center be open to answering any questions or concerns that the patient has after the completion of their surgical procedure? Does the surgical center strive for satisfaction in all of their patients? These are questions to ask yourself (as the patient) and of the surgeon and surgical center.
Scope out more information about the surgical center that your potential surgeon is affiliated with. Does the surgical center look clean? Do they have access to the latest technology? Is the staff knowledgeable and friendly? Also, consider the surgical center’s reputation within your community. These are all factors to consider when choosing a surgeon and their practice. Choose a surgical center that makes you feel comfortable and secure.
Do your research on all of the surgical centers within your area. Compare practices and surgical centers to find the best possible option. Research the reputation of each surgical center, the credentials of each surgeon, and the guarantees that the surgical centers offer their patients. Ask family and friends who have undergone LASIK of their experiences and opinions. Absorb as much information as possible about potential surgeons and surgical centers before you move forward with LASIK surgery. Researching and comparing different surgeons and surgical centers will help you make the right decision.
Associates in Ophthalmology’s resident LASIK surgeon, Dr. Andrew Miller is a board certified, fellowship-trained corneal, refractive and cataract surgeon. With over 10 years of experience and thousands of vision correction procedures performed, Dr. Miller has been actively involved in the clinical research of refractive surgery and continues to train young physicians in the arts of cataract and refractive surgery. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology and a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons, and the International Society of Refractive Surgery of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Learn more about Dr. Andrew Miller and the friendly and knowledgable doctors at Associates in Ophthalmology.
If you have any further questions about the doctors at Associates in Ophthalmology or choosing a LASIK surgeon, feel free to schedule an appointment or give us a call at 973-992-5200.