Choosing a Reputable Lasik Eye Surgeon

by | Jul 9, 2013 | Eye Disorders

The skill of your Lasik eye surgeon has a direct effect on the outcome of your procedure.  This means that second to making the choice to have this corrective surgery, choosing a good Lasik surgeon is the most important decision you will make.  How do you go about finding the best surgeon in the area? Do your research, and do not be afraid to ask questions.

Credentials, Experience and Referrals
Like any profession, surgeons are required to have certain credentials in order to practice.  You can check the credentials of any Lasik eye surgeon by using the National Practitioner Data Bank.   The surgeon should also be board certified beyond a basic medicine license.  The American Board of Medical Specialties is an example of a board through which the surgeon may be certified.  You can also check to see whether or not your surgeon is a member of the American College of Surgeons.  To be a member, the individuals must be certified and adhere to high ethical standards of practice.  Although advertisements can let you know which surgeons are in the area, they often boast low prices or exaggerated claims.  They are, after all, created to get people interested.  Asking your friends, family, and coworkers for referrals will get you honest feedback regarding their experiences.

Questions to Ask
During your consultation with a potential surgeon, have a list of questions ready to go.  Ask about their experience, complication rate, and outcome statistics.  Sometimes the surgery will require a follow up enhancement.  Ask if they charge for this follow up.  Ask if financing is available or any other cost questions you may have.  Never feel obligated to use a surgeon.  You need to find someone that you are comfortable with.  This decision should not be rushed either.  Take your time and find the right surgeon for you.

The Laser Eye Center of Silicon Valley is a well-respected and experienced provider in the field and would be happy to answer any questions you may have. Visit to find out more about their service.

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