If fuzzy or clouded vision from cataracts is affecting your ability to complete everyday tasks (e.g., driving, reading, sending a text message), it might be time to undergo cataract surgery. Choosing a qualified cataract surgeon to perform your procedure highly increases your chances of a successful outcome. Here, the trusted vision team at Metrolina Eye Associates shares the top qualities to look for in a cataract surgeon.
Your surgeon must be certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. Being certified by the ABO signifies that the surgeon has graduated from an accredited medical school and completed specialized surgical training. Board certified cataract surgeons must also meet rigorous standards on safety and ethics as set forth by the ABO. Additionally, surgeons are required to stay up-to-date on the latest industry practices by completing continuing courses throughout their career.
While proper education and training are a must, they are not enough to ensure a successful procedure. Your surgeon must have years of experience and hundreds (if not thousands) of successful cataract surgery procedures under their belt. Be sure to inquire about the surgeon’s track record and the number of cataract surgeries they have performed. Because a complication-free procedure is never a guarantee, you must also ask the surgeon how they handle complications, in the rare case that one occurs.
Investment in the Latest Technology
Technology is always advancing, and working with a surgeon that is trained and skilled in the use of the most up-to-date equipment and methods enhances the precision and accuracy of cataract surgery, produces superior visual outcomes and lessens the risk of complications.
One of the most revolutionary advances in cataract surgery is the addition of laser technology, which replaces some of the manual surgical instruments used in traditional surgery to perform critical steps of the cataract removal process. Some surgeons only perform traditional cataract surgery while others also offer laser-assisted cataract surgery. When meeting with potential surgeons, be sure to ask what technology they use and which approach they recommend for your case.
Last but certainly not least, your surgeon must be highly regarded by other cataract patients. What do past patients have to say about the surgeon’s professionalism and demeanor? Is the surgeon (and their staff) known to be compassionate, understanding and approachable? Ask your surgeon for patient testimonials. Or, search credible online sources such as HealthGrades or Vitals to read reviews and testimonials from former or current patients.
Would you like to learn about cataract surgery from a board certified and experienced surgeon? At Metrolina Eye Associates, our surgeons have treated thousands of patients, successfully helping them restore vision and quality of life after cataracts. Contact us today to schedule a personal consultation.