A great place to start looking for a LASIK surgeon is your local friends and family who have had LASIK surgery. You can also turn to your social media network, as this is a quick way to get many opinions. Asking your eye care provider or primary care physician can be somewhat helpful, however, other doctors, even eye doctors, typically do not keep up with advancements in the LASIK industry.
Research the Surgeon, Not Just the Practice
At this point, it is important to not only research the LASIK practice, but also more importantly the actual surgeon performing your LASIK procedure.
Will you meet your actual surgeon? Practices like Providence Eye provide complimentary LASIK consultations, so you can come in and get a feel for our practice, staff, office, and most importantly, the doctor who will be performing your LASIK surgery, Dr. Mozayeni.
If you are not able to meet your LASIK surgeon before your surgery day, this is something to be wary of. Many practices often advertise “2+ million procedures performed”, but this is at a nationwide level. It says nothing about the surgeon who would be doing your LASIK procedure. The credentials, experience and expertise of your surgeon are what really matter. At many practices, consultations are performed by technicians or optometrist, not LASIK surgeons. It is important to have face-to-face interaction and to be evaluated by the actual LASIK surgeon so that you can determine if this is the person you trust with our vision.
What is the surgeon’s success rate? Is the surgeon in good standing with the Medical Board? These are important questions. You can visit The North Carolina Medical Board and see if there have been any malpractice lawsuits or complaints filed. This is a step you should take prior to even scheduling a LASIK consultation. When you are meeting with your perspective LASIK surgeon, you should ask how often and how many LASIK procedures he or she performs and what their success rate is. Getting to know your doctor in-person is mission critical, as this can relieve a lot of stresses that often come before a surgery like LASIK.
Does the surgeon perform LASIK on everyone that comes through the practice? This is an essential piece of information to know because not everyone is an ideal candidate for LASIK. You want to make sure that the LASIK surgeon knows how to identify and turn away non-candidates. This is also a good reason to always get a second opinion, as some surgeons are over zealous, and some can be too conservative.
Pay attention to the reviews they list on their site! Patient reviews and testimonials can be extremely helpful, and should be used to do your research, but make sure you are looking at independent sites like Google or Yelp. Some practice websites “filter” reviews only showing their best reviews, or reviews that they approve. This does not give you an accurate representation.
You should verify the surgeon’s board certifications, licensing and memberships to various medical organizations. This information should be clearly outlined on the LASIK surgeon’s website and can be verified on independent websites.
Board Certification: Most LASIK surgeons will be Board Certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. You can verify your doctor’s certifications with the practice or online.
Licensing: Individual state’s medical boards verify a doctor’s credentials license to practice. You can check this online by searching “[your state] practitioner database.”
Memberships & Awards: Memberships and awards are often listed on the surgeon’s website, as well as on their licensing information. These memberships can indicate that your potential surgeon is keeping up with their credentials and industry changes. Awards are icing on the cake!
Equipment & Technology
Medicine, especially when it comes to the field of LASIK surgery, is always changing as technology evolves. It is important for surgeons to stay on top of the latest technology to ensure they are offering their patients the best, safest and most reliable equipment to perform diagnostics and lasers (not blades) for the LASIK procedure. Be sure to read about which lasers your LASIK surgeon will be using during your surgery. This information should be easily found and readable on the surgeon’s website and/or pre-appointment materials. A good question to ask your surgeon is “Why did you select these specific lasers and how long have you had these lasers?”
Interested in Learning More About Providence Eye and Dr. Mozayeni?
We’d love to get to know you better. Schedule your complimentary LASIK consultation with Dr. Mozayeni, the only doctor at Providence Eye that performs LASIK surgery. He will answer any and every question you have about LASIK, his experience, and what past patients have had to say about their experience with us.