Choosing to undergo LASIK surgery can trigger a range of emotions. The idea of clearer vision can be exciting, but having to trust someone with something as delicate as your eyes can be nerve wracking. The best way to calm any worries you may have before your surgery is to choose an experienced and skilled eye surgeon who specializes in LASIK procedures. In this blog post, the Ophthalmic Consultants of Connecticutshare a few guidelines to keep in mind when choosing a LASIK surgeon.
Above all else, the LASIK surgeon you choose should be board certified and credentialed by the American Board of Ophthalmology or the American Academy of Ophthalmology. This ensures your surgeon graduated from an accredited medical school and has completed specialized surgical training and examinations. Being board certified also means your LASIK surgeon is required to continue their education related to their specialty.
Your potential surgeon should have years of experience performing LASIK surgeries and have an exceptional track record. Find out how many procedures your surgeon performs and beware of misleading claims. For example, a surgeon may claim to have performed a certain number of procedures but they may be grouping several different types of surgery together, not just LASIK. The ideal eye surgeon has performed thousands of LASIK procedures.
Advanced Laser Technology
There have been many advances in laser technology in recent years. Your surgeon should only use the latest instrumentation during your procedure. The Ophthalmic Consultants of Connecticut are well-trained in custom LASIK, which involves reshaping the cornea, and conventional LASIK, which uses the latest advancements in wavefront technology to correct vision.
A great surgeon should have glowing patient referrals and reviews. Don’t hesitate to ask your potential surgeon to see reviews from past patients. Another way to ensure you choose a trustworthy surgeon is by asking those closest to you (friends and family) for a referral. Is there a specific eye doctor whom your loved ones rave about or trust? If so, this is a great way to narrow down your options.
The Surgeon’s “Personal Touch”
Before making a final decision, it’s a good idea to visit your potential LASIK surgeon’s practice yourself. Is the entire staff both professional and friendly? Are they willing to answer all of your questions? Interacting with the surgeon and their staff beforehand will allow you to assess whether or not they are a good fit for you and your needs. A LASIK surgeon should be responsive to your individual needs and give you peace of mind that your vision is in good hands.
Learn more about LASIK surgery from the experienced and friendly team at Ophthalmic Consultants of Connecticut. Contact us today to schedule a personal consultation in any one of our four locations.