If cloudy vision from cataracts is making your daily activities more complicated, it’s time to consider having cataract surgery.
Choosing the right eye surgeon is the most critical step you will take during your surgery journey. And the right surgeon can make the difference between a ‘meh’ outcome and an amazing one.
Follow these four steps to find an expert and qualified eye surgeon that fits your needs.
Talk to your regular eye doctor.
Talk with your current eye doctor about who they may recommend for your surgery. Your doctor will have some good references for you, depending on what you need. For example, you may decide to get a premium lens instead of a traditional lens, or you may want bladeless surgery instead of manual incision. These are essential factors to consider before you take the next step.
Get recommendations from family and friends.
Cataract surgery is so common that you more than likely have some friends, neighbors, or family members who have undergone the procedure. When you decide it’s time for surgery, ask around for some recommendations. Here are a few questions to ask someone who has undergone standard cataract surgery:
- Did the surgeon take the time to explain the procedure, including potential complications?
- Was the patient fully aware of all options, including the types of lenses that were available?
- Did the patient feel comfortable and safe before, during, and after surgery?
- Was the surgeon’s staff courteous and knowledgeable throughout the entire process?
- Did they explain the billing process?
- Was the outcome successful? If not, why not?
- Was follow-up care given promptly and clearly?
As you sort through recommendations of friends and family using these questions, you’ll be able to narrow down your choices.
When you are looking for a place for dinner, past reviews are important. When searching for a cataract surgeon, reviews are crucial, so use patient testimonials to your advantage.
Many sites allow former patients to describe their experience with surgeons and practices. You can look for reviews on Google, Yelp, and more. Positive reviews are often posted on the surgeon’s website. While they provide valuable information, keep in mind that these are subjective. Also, keep this in mind while reading negative reviews as well. Evaluating reviews from strangers can be tricky. However, if you see a trend of negative reviews and unhappy patients, it’s best to choose another surgeon. As usual, always follow your gut instinct.
Things to consider while searching.
You should consider several factors in selecting the right surgeon to perform your operation. These include:
- Credentials: The cataract surgeon you choose should be board certified in ophthalmology. This means your surgeon has the training and skills necessary to perform eye surgery.
- Experience: The more experience a surgeon has in removing cataracts, the better prepared he or she is to handle and prevent complications.
- Surgical Options: Your cataract surgeon will replace the lens in your eye with an artificial one. Several types are available, so be sure to discuss all of this with the surgeon. Make sure the doctor you choose will implant the kind of lens that you want and is best for you.
When it comes to choosing the best cataract surgeon for you, the most important thing is to not rush to a decision. Investigate your options and do the proper research to ensure that you are entirely comfortable with your choice. Be cautious and spend as much time as necessary to make the right choice.
Laura L. Harris, M.D., F.A.C.S., and her team have been providing exceptional specialized surgical care to patients in the Wilmington area since 1998.
Having performed her own father’s cataract surgery, she knows how important the decision is to every patient and understands that the complete experience, from the initial consultation to post-surgery follow-up, should be conducted with the highest quality of care and consideration.
If you are ready to take your eyesight to the next level, contact us today!