Improving your vision with LASIK is an exciting prospect. Now that you
know you want to pursue LASIK, which surgeon do you choose? Is there a
concrete way to identify “the best” amidst the endless options?
Fortunately, yes. There is a way to
identify surgeons who are experienced, and to take it a step further, who are ethical, properly
and fully trained, and who have proven their skills. Certification by
The American Board of Eye Surgery (ABES) is evidence that certain requirements
have been met and that qualifications are recognized by peers. Though
a surgeon may practice legally without being board certified, it is an
excellent indicator of quality and experience.
What does being Board Certified indicate?
In order to meet requirements, certain education, experience, certifications,
and continuing education must be present. Other requirements, to reference
the ABES website, include the following:
Be a graduate of an American Board of Ophthalmology-approved medical school.
- Hold a current unrestricted license to practice medicine and surgery in
the US, Canada, or the Armed Forces.
- Possess high moral, ethical, and professional qualifications as determined
by the Board.
- Be certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology.
- For LASIK (and other procedures), must have performed at least 50 surgical
procedures with a 3 month follow-up in the past 2 years.
- Must make a commitment to accumulating at least 20 hours of continuing
medical education (CME) credits each year.
The list above is a simplified list taken from the ABES website. Please
see the ABES website for more details on Board certification requirements.
Just as eyesight varies, eye surgeons vary as well. All eye surgeons are
not equal in experience, professionalism, ethics, and education. Stay
informed; select an eye surgeon and an eye center with exceptional credentials,
and in turn your LASIK experience will be nothing but the best.