Ask questions to find the right LASIK Surgeon for you.
Factors to consider when you check qualifications and abilities of a refractive surgeon include:
- Referrals. Ask your regular eye doctor or medical doctor for a referral for an ophthalmologist. Ask friends and family members if they know of anyone who has had the procedure performed. Interviewing LASIK patients is a great way to find first-hand about the procedure and the doctor as well.
- Board certification. This designation indicates that the surgeon has additional certification in their field, beyond the basic license to practice medicine. Certification indicates that this physician has had specific training and continuing education related to their specialty.
- American College of Surgeons (ACS) membership. Surgeons who have the “FACS” designation following their names, are fellows of the American College of Surgeons. These board-certified doctors follow specific ethical standards of conduct.
- Other resources. Research trusted online websites to find your LASIK surgeon. The American Academy of Ophthalmology website www.aao.org has a “Find and Eye MD” feature. You can also look at The American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) website, which also has a “Find a Surgeon” search.