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How to select the best cataract surgeon

When setting out to select the best cataract surgeon, it is important to consider your needs and your budget. Cataract procedures have an extremely high success rate and can be a life-changing event for patients. Because it is such a common procedure, many patients begin by asking for referrals from friends, family, and coworkers.

Here are some things you may want to ask when seeking referrals

  • Is the office staff friendly and accommodating?
  • Is the billing and payment process easy to understand?
  • Does the surgeon take time during the consultation to explain the procedure and ask questions?
  • Were you made aware of different options for lenses?
  • Are you happy with your vision after the procedure?

Another great place for referrals is from the optometrist who diagnosed your cataracts.

When you visit different surgeons for cataract consultation, it is important that you feel open enough to ask any questions you have about the procedure. You’ll want to ask if there have been any outbreaks of eye infections, and about the post-operative follow-up care.


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[img1]For patients who are interested in premium IOLs, you’ll want to know about your options. A surgeon who is experienced in premium lenses will be able to advise you on the advantages and disadvantages of all the options. Beware of any surgeons who promise perfect vision. Even after cataract surgery with premium lenses, patients may still require eyeglasses in certain situations.

Post-op follow-up is another important aspect of cataract surgery. You’ll want to make sure that your surgeon has clear guidelines set for follow-up and advises you of any complications that may arise and explains how they will be handled.

Making the decision for premium IOLs lies solely in the hands of the patient so it is best to do your homework before the consultation. If the surgeon does not offer premium lenses, it is good to find out their reasoning and then make sure to visit with one who does in order to obtain a second opinion.

Once you’ve found the best cataract surgeon, you should feel confident in your decision to correct your vision.


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Dr Salib and his staff are very professional, friendly and very through with their procedures. I had redness in my right eye that would not go away. Dr Salib and staff examined my eye and prescribed eye drops and 10 days later my eye has improved. I also went back to get a prescription for glasses and that appt went well with Dr Gee. Lori R.
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