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Choosing a Doctor

Choose a Good Surgeon

Choosing the ophthalmologist who will perform your laser vision correction surgery is an important decision. Take the time to ask questions and consider your choices carefully.

Here are some topics to keep in mind when looking for a LASIK surgeon:

You Only Have Two Eyes - Go To a Specialist

  • Choose a surgeon who specializes in vision correction / refractive procedures. The most highly trained LASIK surgeons are corneal specialists and have an additional full year of LASIK training. You'd want a specialist for your heart surgery - don't settle for anything less than a specialist for your eyes.
  • It should be more than just the surgeon who is the specialist. The quality of the staff directly affects your experience. You'll want to know that you have a highly trained team of experts assisting you at every step in the process.

Experience Is a Good Teacher

  • Training and experience produce better results and fewer complications. Ask the surgeon what his/her credentials are regarding refractive surgery in general, and LASIK in particular. Your doctor should be experienced in all available refractive procedures, not just LASIK. Look for a surgeon who has performed at least 2,500 LASIK procedures - and it's even better if they've performed 5,000-10,000.

Personalized Care, Not Assembly Line Medicine

  • There are a lot of refractive surgeons to choose from - look for someone you can trust to tell you "no" as well as "yes." LASIK is not for everyone, and a good LASIK surgeon will discuss other refractive options that may be better for you.
  • Expect a customized treatment plan. Current technology allows the surgeon to image a virtual "fingerprint" of your eye and craft a treatment plan specifically for you. You'll live with the results of your laser eye surgery for the rest of your life - make sure you're getting a solution tailored to your individual lifestyle needs.
  • Make sure the surgeon has plenty of time for questions. Doctors may no longer make house calls, but you still want someone with a good "bedside manner." Establishing a rapport with your surgeon can give you additional confidence and allow you the freedom to make the right eye care choice for you.
  • High-volume facilities sometimes hire LASIK eye surgeons fresh out of training and pay them on a per-eye basis. This system rewards a high volume of patients and a high turnover among surgeons. Ask how long the surgeon has been at the facility; make a judgment as to how long they will continue to be there. The facility should offer at least one year of enhancements and stand behind their results.

Reputation Matters

  • Certification by the American Board of Ophthalmology is the gold standard of ophthalmologists. The ABO is an independent, non-profit organization responsible for certifying that ophthalmologists (eye physicians and surgeons) have proven abilities both in medicine and in advanced surgical techniques and technologies. Do your research to make sure that your surgeon is certified.
  • Dr. Furlong has been chosen as a South Bay Top Doc every year since 2000. In addition, more than 75 Bay Area doctors and their staff members have trusted Dr. Furlong to perform their own eye surgery.
  • Dr. Furlong is the Bay Area vision correction surgeon more doctors recommend. In a single month, 55 doctors sent their patients to Dr. Furlong for corrective surgery.

Better Vision through Advanced Technology

  • Look for a LASIK eye surgeon who stays state-of-the-art with the latest technologies. Equipment and techniques are continually updated and you'll want to know that your surgeon is using Wavefront guided Custom LASIK, eye tracking lasers and Wavefront diagnostics.
  • A surgeon can't get state-of-the-art results in a less than state-of-the-art facility. Make sure that the surgery center is dedicated to LASIK and reflects the latest FDA safety and quality guidelines regarding HEPA filtration, climate control, and an uninterruptible power supply.