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Finding a Surgeon

The process of finding a qualified and experienced LASIK surgeon can be a grueling one if you don't know what to look for. Having the proper eye care, and choosing the best surgeon for you, plays a major role in maintaining good vision. We have assembled a list of criteria to help guide you in your search for the best possible surgeon.

Ask Family and Friends

Those that are closest to us are the ones we trust the most. When trying to find the right LASIK surgeon, it helps to ask around. Often, you will find that good reputations go hand-in-hand with high quality surgeons. Recommendations from your friends, family, and coworkers can be the best advice given. Referrals from those you know will be both truthful and less time consuming, yet you should still take time to do some research of your own about any potential surgeon.

Search the Internet

The Internet is a great place to research any LASIK surgeons you may be considering. Try to go to the vision center's website and read about each doctor. In addition, typing the surgeon's name into an Internet search engine can also provide you with information not on the site. It is important to do a background check and make sure the surgeon has not been involved in malpractice claims.

Consider Experience

Experience plays a major part in the success of each LASIK surgery. As they say, practice makes perfect. Experts suggest an experienced surgeon is one who has preformed over 1,000 LASIK procedures. At the same time however, you do not want a surgeon who rushes through surgeries just for a higher turnover. It is important to find a surgeon with both experience and commitment to patients.

Check Education / Certification

Check that the surgeon has certification from the American Board of Ophthalmology. This certification is a testament to the many years of medical school endured by the surgeon. In addition, each surgeon with certification will also have spent time as an intern and resident, often in a specific field. These requirements for certification guarantee that each surgeon has the knowledge and skill to perform successful surgeries. LASIK surgeons should also have a valid medical license. The license differs from certification in that it only acknowledges completion of medical school, not specialty training. A good surgeon should have both a license and ABO certification. If trying to confirm a surgeon's board certification visit www.abms.org

Find a Surgeon Who is Dedicated

Meeting with the surgeon prior to surgery is a vital part of the LASIK process. You should feel comfortable enough with your surgeon to ask questions about the procedure. If he or she seems to be rushing through the meeting, or simply doesn't have time, they might not be the right choice. The surgeon you choose should be dedicated to you and your case from start to finish. In the best scenario, your LASIK surgeon should be the one to complete your preoperative exams, the actual LASIK surgery, and follow up consultations.

Inquire About Success Rates

Feel free to ask the surgeon about the success of their previous procedures. The more thorough surgeons will always keep track of the results of each surgery. He or she should openly talk to you about the risks and complications that can occur during surgery. Another way to get information about your surgeon's procedural results is to talk to other patients directly.

At H. Rubin, we will provide you with as much knowledge as possible to assist in your decision making process. Our highly trained staff will spend as much time as you desire in a one-on-one environment to answer every question you may have. Our goal is to make you feel comfortable about your LASIK procedure. Our surgeons are well trained and have the ability to make any patient feel at ease about their upcoming surgical procedure. We take pride in knowing that each patient is treated and cared for with the respect and personal attention they deserve.

The Council for Refractive Surgery Quality Assurance has compiled an excellent list of 50 Tough Questions for Your Doctor, so feel free to print a copy of the PDF and ask those questions when meeting with your LASIK surgeon.