You simply can’t afford to cut corners or take chances when it comes to the health of your eyes. That’s why, if you’ve decided to explore the possibility of having LASIK surgery, you need to do your homework and find the most qualified LASIK surgeon and the best possible LASIK eye center. Doing so not only protects the health of your eyes, but also gives you the highest chance that your procedure will live up to your expectations of enjoying significantly better vision.
Here Are Some Things to Consider
Perhaps the first and easiest thing you can do is to check the Colorado State Licensing Board to validate your surgeon’s medical credentials. You can also check his or her credentials through the National Practitioner Data Bank.
Beyond basic certification, you should verify that the eye surgeon is recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties and is certified to practice in his or her specialty. Look for certification by the American Board of Ophthalmology which requires board-certified physicians to complete specialized training and invest in continuing education to make sure their skills are current.
Also look for membership in the American College of Surgeons. This ensures that a surgeon will uphold ethical standards of conduct. The designation of “FACS” indicates that a surgeon is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
Another good source in finding the best possible LASIK eye center is to ask for a referral from your primary care doctor or your regular eye doctor. They will have a lot of anecdotal evidence beyond certifications that will be a valuable source of information as well.
Finally, the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery have eye surgeon directories on their websites. This can give you a good overview of practitioners in your area, which you can use as a starting point to begin your search.
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