If you decide to pursue clearer vision and a better quality of life with LASIK, the next step is to find the right surgeon to perform your operation. Putting in a little time and effort to find a talented, trustworthy surgeon will give you the best chances at achieving your visual goals safely, with the lowest risk of complications and side effects.
Read on as the team at Vista Eye Specialists outlines some of the important qualities you should look for in a LASIK surgeon.
Education, Training and Experience
First and foremost, your surgeon must have the proper education, training and experience in the field. Board certification by the American Board of Ophthalmology is a good indicator that a surgeon has the expertise needed to perform complex vision correction procedures like LASIK. Has your surgeon completed a fellowship training in laser vision correction (LASIK/PRK)? Is your surgeon a cornea specialist? (LASIK is performed on the cornea.) Memberships to professional organizations like the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery also suggest a surgeon stays up to date with advances in the field.
Today’s LASIK technology like IntraLase and CustomVue Wavescan improve the safety, efficiency and outcomes of surgery, and allow surgeons to individualize treatment to your specific needs. Ideally, you want to select a surgeon with many years of experience using these types of sophisticated systems. Does your LASIK surgeon offer all-laser LASIK, also known as iLASIK, to maximize your results and safety?
Clearly Communicates Reasonable Expectations
Clear communication with the surgeon can make your entire experience go very smoothly. Your surgeon should take the time to answer all of your questions and address your concerns so that you can make decisions about your care.
Your surgeon should also communicate what you can reasonably expect after surgery. Beware of the surgeon that promises perfection because, like any surgery, there are limitations to what LASIK can achieve. In general, you want to feel confident in your surgeon’s abilities, while informed of the possible risks and side effects. Will your surgeon perform your pre-LASIK evaluation and examine you after your procedure for all your follow-up visits?
No Pressure or Sales Tactics
Great LASIK surgeons will not pressure you into having surgery or making premature decisions if you have lingering questions or doubts. The best surgeons actually screen out a fair number of candidates that do not meet the criteria for LASIK surgery. If you feel as though you are being rushed or pressured into having surgery, or you doubt your surgeon has your best interests in mind, you should seek out someone else. Beware of LASIK centers that offer low bait and switch price tactics.
Meet Our Leading LASIK Surgeon
Dr. Binoy R. Jani of Vista Eye Specialists is one of the leading LASIK surgeons in our area. If you would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Jani and learn more about his qualifications and experience, we invite you to call 1-888-EYE-JANI (393-5264) or email us today.