How To Choose A LASIK Surgeon

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Learn how to pick a LASIK surgeon to perform your laser vision correction procedure. In this presentation we will go over the qualification criteria you should consider when choosing a surgeon. Additionally, we will cover information on informed consent, possible side effects and what to expect during your surgical consultation.

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How To Choose A LASIK Surgeon

  1. 1. Picking the Right LASIK Surgeon – Here’s How<br />Presented by <br />The American Refractive Surgery Council<br />
  2. 2. Why Choosing the Right LASIK Surgeon Is Important<br />LASIK is surgery and it involves something precious— your eyes,” says Robert Maloney, M.D., M.A., a board-certified, fellowship-trained specialist in vision correction surgery. “You should focus on finding the best qualified surgeon for your LASIK.”<br />
  3. 3. Quality Traits of a LASIK Surgeon<br />Dr. Maloney recommends you find a LASIK surgeon who is:<br />An Ophthalmologist<br />Experienced in LASIK<br />Willing to Educate You<br />Able to Make You Feel Comfortable<br />
  4. 4. Trait #1: Ophthalmologist<br />An ophthalmologist (an M.D.) has been certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology<br />It is important that the LASIK surgeon you choose be an Ophthalmologist<br />
  5. 5. Trait #2: Experienced in LASIK<br />“You want a surgeon who has performed at least 200 LASIK procedures,” Dr. Maloney says. “Experienced surgeons also often have additional certifications, teach at a medical school or participate in clinical research.”<br />
  6. 6. Trait #3: Willing to Educate You<br />Education and counseling are among the most important things we do as surgeons.<br />Patients need to know about the potential benefits and limitations so that when they make a decision, they know that it’s the right decision for them.<br />
  7. 7. Trait #5: Ability to Make You Feel Comfortable<br />Able to make you feel relaxed and confident. “The surgeon and his or her entire office should have a sense of professionalism and should fit your personal style.”<br />
  8. 8. About the Surgical Consultation<br />Dr. Maloney also points out that “A surgical consultation should never be a sales process. You should never feel you’re being pressured to do something you don’t want to do. <br />Also, remember, the goal in LASIK is to achieve the best vision, not to save the last dollar.<br />
  9. 9. Limitations of LASIK & Risks<br />“LASIK is wonderful,” Dr. Maloney adds, “but there are limits on what it can achieve. In most cases, it won’t give you better-than-perfect vision. And you might still need glasses—for example, for reading— as your eyes age. Don’t expect miracles.<br />There are risks from any surgery, LASIK included. A responsible surgeon will tell you about them. Counseling should also cover the recovery process and possible side effects. <br />
  10. 10. Getting Surgeon Recommendations & Interviewing LASIK Surgeons<br />Dr. Maloney recommends you get a recommendation for a LASIK surgeon from family, friends or, best, a trusted physician.<br />And when you meet the surgeon, be sure to get references as well. “Do your homework and ‘interview’ the surgeon to make sure you’re at ease. Research up front will help make sure you have a good LASIK experience.”<br />
  11. 11. For More Information Please Visit: www.AmericanRefractiveSurgeryCouncil.org<br />

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