[Ctd] Lasik - Finding The Right Surgeon - Dr. William Boothe
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Fri Jul 6 10:14:41 PDT 2007
Dr. William Boothe
Though LASIK surgery is a relatively simple procedure, you should still take
special care when considering it. After all, a poorly performed surgery will
affect your vision for the rest of your life. One of the most important
things that you can do when considering LASIK surgery is to carefully choose
So how do you go about finding a good LASIK surgeon? Most likely you will
have seen many advertisements announcing the now widely available procedure.
And with the surgery being so widely available, you may have noticed that
many are performing the procedure at really attractive rates.
However, while many of these practices may be competent, choosing your LASIK
surgeon based purely on an advertisement is not a wise decision. Sure,
advertisements can be good starting points, but there are other things that
should be considered also.
One thing to consider is if your potential surgeon is associated with an
academic medical center. Practitioners that are associated with medical
centers are more likely to be abreast of current information and technology.
If possible, you should choose a surgeon who is a Fellow of the American
College of Surgeons, as their standards for acceptance are pretty rigid.
Another avenue for helping you choose a LASIK surgeon is a referral from
your regular optometrist or ophthalmologist. Still another resource for
helping you to locate a LASIK surgeon is the Academy of Ophthalmology?s
website at www.aao.org using the ?Find an Eye M.D.? feature. Choose
refractive surgery under specialty. You may also call refractive surgery
centers in your area.
After you have settled on a potential surgeon, you need to make an
appointment for a consultation. Ask any questions that you may have
concerning the surgery ? it helps to take along a list. If you are having
problems thinking of questions, you can visit The Council for refractive
Surgery Quality Assurance?s website to get an idea of what you should be
You should also choose a surgeon who is competent in the different areas of
refractive surgery, such as LASIK, LASEK, PRK, CK, and clear lens
replacement. He should also be informed of the latest technologies in
refractive surgery. A surgeon who is competent in all areas of refractive
surgery will be able to make the best recommendation for correcting your
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