Selecting the Right Shreveport Surgeon
The most important decision you will make regarding LASIK is the Shreveport surgeon you choose to perform your procedure. Your results from LASIK will be directly related to the experience of your surgeon. In choosing a surgeon to perform your LASIK procedure, you get what you pay for. Low cost often equals low quality care from a less experienced Shreveport surgeon and therefore less than desirable results. Providing the very best technology, in combination with a well-trained staff, mandates a large financial commitment on the part of the surgeon.
HERE ARE SOME THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN CHOOSING A SHREVEPORT SURGEON FOR YOUR LASIK PROCEDURE:
How long has your surgeon or Shreveport Surgeon been performing refractive surgery; and, more importantly, how many procedures has your surgeon performed?
Several studies have shown that the level of intra-operative complications for experienced surgeons who have performed a minimum of 2,000 LASIK procedures is 0.9% compared to a complication rate of 4.5% of less experienced surgeons. There is a learning curve associated with this procedure. The more experience a Shreveport surgeon has with LASIK the less chance a patient has of complications from the procedure. Choose a Shreveport surgeon like Dr. Lusk who specializes in LASIK and performs hundreds of procedures each year.
LASIK is performed on the cornea. There is no law that mandates only cornea specialists perform LASIK. Many LASIK surgeons are simply general ophthalmologists with no additional cornea training. You may decide to select a more experienced doctor, such as a cornea specialist who has completed a year or two of additional training. Dr. Lusk completed a cornea fellowship at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in Houston. He was one of the first cornea specialists in the Ark-La-Tex and performs many cornea transplants each year for patients with disease processes. He is by far the most experienced cornea specialist performing LASIK in the Ark-La-Tex.
Your surgeon should have access to the highest technology available and have experience with that technology, including:
- VISX Star S4 ActiveTrak Excimer Laser System, the most preferred laser platform in the United States.
- VISX Wavescan System with Fourier Upgrade, which performs CustomVue LASIK
- Dedicated, environmentally-controlled surgery suite – the excimer laser should be in a humidity and temperature controlled environment 365 days a year
- Equipment sterilized prior to each use
Other Credentials to Look For:
- Physician Education/Board Certification
- American Board of Ophthalmology
- American Academy of Ophthalmology
- American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons
Continuity of Care:
Prior to undergoing your LASIK procedure, determine who provides your pre- and post-operative care, how much specific experience your surgeon or co-managing optometrist has and where he or she has received training.
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