Selecting a Surgeon
Selecting a LASIK Surgeon - What to Look For
The choice of a refractive surgeon is as personal as the decision to have the surgery. The most important decision you will make regarding LASIK is the surgeon you choose to perform your procedure. This choice makes a difference in your overall results. In choosing a LASIK surgeon, you get what you pay for. Low cost often equals lower quality care from a less experienced surgeon and therefore less than desirable results. Providing the very best technology and well trained staff mandates a large financial and time commitment on the part of the surgeon. Why trust your vision to just anyone?
Look for Experience
Several studies have shown that there is a learning curve associated with this procedure. Also the rate at which an individual surgeon progresses through the learning curve differs. The more experience a surgeon has with LASIK the less chance a patient has of complications from the procedure. Choose one of the best LASIK surgeons like Dr. Gary Tylock who specializes in LASIK and performs thousands of procedures a year.
Proven Skills - Real Results
Ask each LASIK eye surgeon about their LASIK success rates and don’t settle for second-best. Chances are they’ll have a difficult time matching Dr. Tylock’s record of success. Dr. Tylock doesn’t consider 20/40 vision following LASIK to be a successful outcome. More than 97 percent of his patients achieve 20/25 vision or better after the procedure.
Surgery Center equipped with the highest technology available:
- Allegretto Wave Eye-Q
- State of the Art IntraLase® Femtosecond Laser
- Latest generation VISX® Star S4 ActiveTrack Excimer Laser System
- VISX® Wavescan™ System for custom LASIK
- Controlled environment – Lasers are in a humidity and temperature controlled 365 days a year for optimal performance
- Laser Calibrated between each and every patient
- Equipment sterilized prior to each use
Other Criteria to Evaluate
- Experience: Number of years performing refractive surgery and number of refractive procedures performed
- Commitment: Commitment to the latest technology such as IntraLASIK and VISX® CustomVue™ (Custom Cornea)
- Patient Education: Does your surgeons’ office offer educational seminars or other opportunities to learn about refractive surgery?
- Physician Education / Board Certification: Is your surgeon certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology? Is your surgeon a member of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery? International Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery? American Academy of Ophthalmology? For how long? How often does your surgeon attend these respective meetings?
- Surgeons’ Staffs’ Education: Are surgeons staff members certified by JCAPHO? Laser manufacturers’ certifications such as VISX®? How long have most of the doctors’ staff been with him? Are they part of a franchise that has a high turnover of surgeons and staff?
- Research: Has your surgeon invested additional time doing research in refractive surgery? For example has he done any special work with Excimer Lasers, Corneal Topography or has he been an FDA investigator in clinical studies related to refractive surgery or vision correction?
- Teaching position: Does he have a teaching position with a local university program training physicians specializing in ophthalmology such as University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center Surgeons’ Overall Reputation and Commitment
Now that you are more familiar with the criteria, please take a look at The Tylock Advantage.
If you have additional questions about Dr. Tylock, his staff, or facility, please contact Tylock Eye Care & Laser Center. For more information about the all-laser Custom IntraLASIK procedure with it’s added level of safety and precision, please attend one of our free Tuesday night seminars at our laser eye care center or request our informational CD-ROM.