When it comes to choosing the right business and surgeon for Lasik, there are many factors to consider. The experience and reputation of the doctor, the type of doctor, and the size of the practice all make a tremendous impact on your experience. By choosing a reputable ophthalmologist, you can get the right advice, a professional consultation, and minimize the post-surgery complications of Lasik.
Minimizing Potential Lasik Complications
Although up to 95 percent of Lasik patients emerge from surgery without any complications, there’s still a slight risk for some Lasik candidates. The most common side effects are usually temporary, such as dry eyes or glares, halos, and double vision. Other complications, such as undercorrections, overcorrections, and astigmatism, may require additional surgeries, which can cost you time and money.
The most alarming complications deal with the front flap of your eye that’s folded or removed during Lasik. In some instances, the outermost corneal tissue layer can grow abnormally under the flap, resulting in infections and tears. In addition, some Lasik candidates can suffer from a temporary or permanent loss of vision. Because of the risks involved, choosing the right eye doctor becomes integral.
Knowing the Difference Between an Ophthalmologist and Other Doctors
Choosing the right eye care professional is an important decision for improving your vision, maintaining your vision, or performing Lasik. However, many individuals don’t know the difference between eye care workers. Here are the differences between the three major types:
- Optician: An optician is an eye care professional who uses prescriptions to create eyewear for patients to improve their vision. Some states may require certification, but no college degree is required.
- Optometrist: An optometrist is a doctor (OD) who examines the eyes for health and vision problems. They can correct refractive eye ailments by prescribing contact lenses and eyeglasses, as well as medications for inflammation and disease.
- Ophthalmologist: An ophthalmologist is the only eye doctor who is qualified to perform a Lasik surgery. In addition to four years of undergraduate school, four years of medical school, and a one-year internship, ophthalmologists also undergo a three-year residency at a hospital. This qualifies them to perform eye surgery, conduct eye exams, write prescriptions, and treat disease.
While ophthalmologists are the only individuals that should conduct a Lasik surgery, choosing the right one can have a huge impact on the quality of the surgery and the minimization of complications.
Even with a top-notch education from a reputable university, there’s no better school for ophthalmologists than school. The more eye issues they’ve seen and the more Lasik procedures they’ve undertaken can drastically improve your results after the procedure. Not only will you enjoy better vision, but you’ll also have confidence in the professionalism of the ophthalmologist and the quality of the surgery.
Our very own Dr. Alexandra Chebil has performed over 50,000 surgeries and is relied upon by other professionals in the industry when they face complicated vision correction surgeries.
She has recently received the Patient’s Choice Award and is regarded in Southern California as the Lasik surgeon of choice for those wanting to live life free from glasses or contact lenses.
Small vs. Large Offices
Many Lasik patients decide to go to a large office or a hospital for their surgery, but nothing beats a small office. With one-on-one attention, the same doctor from the pre-surgery consultation until the follow-up appointments, and exemplary customer service, nothing fosters a more trustworthy and long-lasting relationship between doctor and patient.
By choosing an experienced ophthalmologist at a smaller-sized office, you can put your mind at ease. Not only will you enjoy a Lasik surgery with minimal risk, but you’ll also forge a trustworthy relationship with a doctor for all your future eye care needs.
At our Orange County Lasik private practice, Dr. Alexandra Chebil is involved with the patient from their first visit to long after their treatment is complete.
If you’re ready to talk about Lasik or PRK, Book an a complimentary Lasik consultation with Dr. Alexandra Chebil.