How to Choose a Cataract Surgeon for Your Loved Ones

Choice can be a wonderful gift, but it can seem like a curse if there are too many options. When you need to schedule cataract surgery for a loved one, all the possibilities can seem overwhelming. It is difficult to know where to start. Do you look for the youngest surgeon with the steadiest hand or the veteran surgeon with the most experience? Should you choose a smaller practice or a larger practice?

Step one involves making a phone call to your loved one’s insurance company. You need to verify which doctors and facilities are in-network and will accept his or her health care benefits. Neglecting to make this phone call could cost you hundreds of dollars or more. Now, your list is even smaller, and it has only taken 20 minutes of your time.

Next, find an experienced eye surgeon. A more experienced surgeon who performs cataract surgery regularly is the best option compared to an ophthalmologist who does not do surgery as often.

Before you schedule surgery, you will schedule a consultation. To help direct your conversation at the consultation, you may want to ask questions such as:

  • How many procedures have you done?
  • Has your surgical center ever had an outbreak of eye infections affecting multiple patients? If so, how many times?
  • Who sees patients on the first postoperative day? Is it the surgeon, another ophthalmologist or an optometrist?

You do not have to schedule a procedure at your consultation. You can schedule another consultation with a different surgeon and then compare your experiences before making a decision. And if you are not satisfied, go back to the broader list and start making phone calls again! Cataract surgery is an important procedure, and you want what is best for your loved one. Ask questions, take notes, make the necessary phone calls, and then decide with confidence!

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