Being diagnosed with cataracts can feel overwhelming, especially since the only long-term treatment for cataracts is surgery. Fortunately, cataract surgery is a common procedure and finding an experienced, successful surgeon will greatly improve your odds for success.
If you are considering cataract surgery, choosing the right surgeon may feel like a daunting task. There are seemingly endless options to choose from so you how do you pick the person with the right experience?
To help guide you in the right direction, here are five things to consider when choosing a cataract surgeon:
- Choose a surgeon who is board certified
Finding a surgeon who is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology (ABO) is the most basic requirement you should look for. The ABO has high standards doctors must meet in order to be certified.
- Ask for referrals from trusted friends and family members
Although surgery may seem scary, cataract surgery is a surprisingly common procedure. The odds are that you already know someone who has undergone cataract surgery. Speak with family members and friends you trust and see if they have anyone they can refer you to.
- Read online reviews
Online reviews can be a helpful way to figure out what experience other patients have had with that doctor. One caveat with online reviews: they are given by strangers and are not always completely objective. So while you should take them into consideration, they should not be overly relied upon.
- Look for someone who uses the most advanced technology
The type of technology your doctor uses should be a key factor in your decision-making process. Laser cataract surgery is currently the most technologically advanced option available for cataract patients. Ideally, the person you choose should have a great success record using laser cataract surgery with their patients.
- Consult with the surgeon first
It is incredibly important to schedule a consultation with your doctor first. This will give you a sense of what that person is like and give you an opportunity to ask questions.
Dr. Feinerman is a leader in cataract surgery and was one of the first doctors in Orange County to begin offering laser cataract surgery. Click here to learn more about Dr. Feinerman or to schedule your consultation today.