How to Choose a LASIK Surgeon By on October 24, 2011

If you are considering refractive surgery such as Virgin Islands LASIK or PRK, you are certainly not alone. LASIK surgery has been performed on millions of patients worldwide, helping people get clearer vision without the need for prescription eye glasses or contact lenses. Not all LASIK practices or LASIK surgeons are the same, however, so you need to do your research before you undergo any sort of laser vision correction surgery.

Why Choosing the Right LASIK Surgeon is So Important

Though the surgery itself is quick, LASIK is a major commitment and a major life change. We mentioned above that not all practices and surgeons are created equal, and that is certainly true. For the best results with less chance of negative side effects and complications, you should find the best surgeon to meet your needs.

We feel that our laser eye surgery center in the Virgin Islands is well qualified to meet the needs of many patients, but we did want to provide a guide for people considering LASIK on what to look for in a LASIK surgeon. We hope you’ll find these considerations helpful.

Look at the Surgeon’s Education and Experience

A surgeon’s education, experience, and professional affiliations are a good gauge of the level of work that surgeon does. Many surgeons will be happy to share this information on their website or through their practice. Be sure to look into these matters to find an eye care specialist who is knowledgeable and really committed to vision correction.

Find Reviews or Testimonials Online

There are many resources out there where past patients can let prospective patients know about a given medical professional. Look for reviews online to find out if the surgeon has a good reputation and is good with patients. When contacting a Virgin Islands PRK and LASIK practice itself, be sure to ask for patient testimonials as these can really provide insight into how a practice is run.

Visit the Practice in Person

Seeing truly is believing when you’re looking at medical care. Be sure to check out the practice in person in order to see the facilities, the equipment, and the operation suites. If anything seems disorganized or amiss, chances are the practice isn’t the best for your needs. You’ll also learn a lot about the practice just from the demeanor of the staff itself, so keep that in mind as you interact with them.

Ask Questions and Get Answers

While you are at the practice or when you are contacting them through the phone or via the internet, do not be afraid to ask questions. This is your chance to learn what a practice’s philosophy is all about. Never go into LASIK and custom LASIK without knowing what you want to know. An informed patient is a happy patient.

Schedule a Consultation at Our Practice

Given the experience and technology that we offer at our practice, we feel that we are a strong choice for your refractive surgery and eye care needs. If you would like to learn more about PRK, LASIK, cataract surgery, and more, contact our laser vision correction center in the Virgin Islands today. The entire team here looks forward to meeting you in person to discuss your eye care goals.

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Byron W. Biscoe, MD

Laser Vision Institute of the Virgin Islands

Byron W. Biscoe, MD, has been in practice since 1994. He is a member of a number of distinguished organizations:

  • American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care Inc.
  • International Society of Refractive Surgery

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