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Choosing a
LASIK Surgeon

Choosing the best LASIK doctor to suit your needs is one of the most important decisions you’ll ever make. Because the procedure cannot be reversed, it is a decision you have to live with for the rest of your life. On this page, we’ve outlined how to make sure you select the right surgeon and practice for you.

How to choose a practice for your LASIK surgery

You will spend a considerable amount of time at the practice you choose for LASIK surgery. You’ll sit in the waiting room, interact with the staff and rely on the equipment for surgical safety and effectiveness. Additionally, you’ll look to the nurses for compassion and support, and the LASIK doctors for their expertise and skill. As such, it’s important that you evaluate potential practices carefully and make sure you choose one that’s a good fit. With that said, here are the primary characteristics patients should consider when selecting a practice for their LASIK procedure:

A practice philosophy based on client care.

Every practice has a philosophy or a vision that helps the organization stay focused on its mission. Organizations with a long-term vision and a defined mission are more likely to leave you satisfied with the services you receive. Make sure that the practice you choose has a patient centric philosophy that includes a long-term relationship at its core.

Personalized attention. Lasting relationships.

In this age of globalization and commoditization, many have forgotten the importance and value of relationships. We have gotten used to automated phone attendants, ATM machines and self-service checkout lanes at the supermarket and airport. Sure, Costco and Home Depot have everything at the price that’s right and quantities that are plentiful, but run into a problem and the gigantic crowded store turns into a pretty lonely place.

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A state-of-the-art facility.

A modern, clean and well-organized facility means that the practice is detail-oriented and cares about every aspect of patient satisfaction. A professional environment means there is less likelihood of errors, mishaps and misunderstandings.

The latest technology.

A practice’s commitment to the latest technology is paramount to optimal outcomes. In the 21st century, the quality of care is closely tied to the equipment available for diagnosis and treatment. When you’re visiting the facility, pay close attention to the equipment’s condition and age. It’s expensive to feature the latest cutting-edge technological advancements. It demonstrates that the practice cares more about delivering quality care and ideal outcomes than the bottom line.

A compassionate staff.

Any high-quality LASIK doctor must rely on a well-trained and trusted staff. During your visit, take note of the people your surgeon employs. What is the disposition and attitude of the staff? Do they look like they are enjoying their work? Do they take pride in what they do? Is their heart in it? Are they happy to be there? Do they seem competent and interested in their work? A dysfunctional or indifferent staff will have an effect on the quality of care you receive and your overall experience.

How to evaluate your LASIK surgeon

Prestigious education and extensive training.

In order to find the best LASIK surgeon, you must research each doctor's educational background. What university, medical school and residency program did he or she graduate from? The more prestigious the school and faculty, the better the education. Doctors go through many years of rigorous training, testing and certification. Just as with anything else, the quality of the institutions attended will have an effect on the doctor’s thinking, fund of knowledge and skill set.

An impressive skillset.

What’s the scope of procedures offered by the doctor? For example, does he or she specialize in laser vision correction and other eye surgeries? Make sure the LASIK surgeon you select specializes in your chosen procedure and is capable of handling any other treatment you may need.

Many years of experience.

Experience is a tough teacher: she tests first and teaches later. That’s why you want a physician who has seen many patients before they meet you. We believe it takes about ten years for a physician to develop the depth and breadth of experience necessary to comfortably handle any situation that may arise during LASIK surgery.

Updated certifications.

Look for a LASIK doctor who has the stamp of approval of his or her peers. When you deal with a physician certified by a specialty board, you know that they have been rigorously tested for their fund of knowledge and skills. Most Boards (ophthalmologists included) require recertification every ten years. That includes a review of the doctor’s practice patterns and treatment methods, a retesting with examinations and minimum continuing medical education.

An impeccable reputation.

Is the doctor a member in good standing in professional societies, such as the American Academy of Ophthalmology or the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons? This indicates that he is well regarded by his peers in the medical community. Is the doctor you’re considering a thought leader? Is she serving on any committees, societies or professional organizations? Do other doctors refer patients to the practice? A solid referral network means that other doctors regard this professional highly and feel confident in referring their patients for care.

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If you would like to learn more about the Benjamin Eye Institute and meet our doctors and tour our facilities, we invite you to schedule a consultation today with our LASIK eye surgeons.

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