If you were recently diagnosed with cataracts, you may be considering having them surgically removed. Cataract surgery is the most common surgical procedure performed today and has a high safety record. But there are several things you need to do to ensure a successful surgery, including choosing the right cataract surgeon to work with.
Board Certification and Experience
First and foremost, your cataract surgeon must be certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology (ABO). Board certification means your surgeon has graduated from an accredited medical school, completed specialized surgical training, passed rigorous examinations and has met other rigorous standards set by the ABO.
Experience is also a must for your cataract surgeon. You do not want to work with a surgeon with very little hands-on experience. Working with a cataract surgeon that has a successful track record and low complication rate not only significantly improves your chances of a good outcome, it can also ease any nerves you may have about the procedure. Be sure to ask how many years your surgeon has been practicing and the number of successful cataract procedures he or she has performed.
The technology a cataract surgeon uses should factor into your decision-making process. Using old or outdated technology and equipment can increase the risk of complications that many new and advanced technologies are able to minimize or prevent. In addition, be sure to inquire about the type of intraocular lenses (IOLs) that your surgeon offers. Many surgeons offer premium IOLs that enhance vision at various distances.
Your eyes are an invaluable asset so it is important that you choose a surgeon whom you trust and feel comfortable with. Online reviews from past patients can give you insight into a surgeon’s (and their staff’s) demeanor and approach to patient care. Although some surgeons have patient testimonials on their websites, it is also wise to read other reviews from credible sources like Yelp, Google My Business and HealthGrades.
Schedule a Cataract Surgery Consultation Today
If you are interested in learning more about cataract surgery, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with Linda Vision. Dr. Vu is a top Los Angeles cataract surgeon known for her expertise and compassionate approach when working with cataract patients. Contact Linda Vision by calling (626) 382-2020.