How to Choose a Cataract Surgeon
By Jeffrey Martin, MD
Published on April 01, 2010
Choosing a cataract surgeon can be a difficult decision. As a patient, it is hard to get the information necessary to make a truly informed decision on who your surgeon will be. There can be quite a difference in quality of surgical skill as well as surgical technique. Jeffrey Martin, MD, will review some salient points to consider.
It is important that a cataract surgeon be up to date in technology and technique. Your cataract surgeon should be board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. There should be regular attendance at important eye care meetings and a commitment to being current. There are certain technological aspects to cataract surgery that are important as well. Your cataract surgeon should be proficient in small incision cataract surgery using phacoemulsification. Dr. Martin thinks that it is important that a cataract surgeon be familiar with all of the current intraocular lens choices and that if premium implants are to be considered, the cataract surgeon should be able to make the necessary adjustments to the visual result such as performing laser vision correction.
It is important that a cataract surgeon has performed many cataract procedures and has a good reputation. There are certain research companies such as Castle Connolly that makes choices of "Top Doctors" based on educational background, skill, and other qualifications.
Lastly, Dr. Martin thinks that you should feel comfortable with your eye surgeon. There should be a rapport and you should feel that if you have a problem, that you can speak to your cataract surgeon and he or she will listen. Having cataract surgery is a tough decision, but taking the time to research your eye surgeon can be beneficial.