Best LASIK Surgeons Have Experience By William Goldstein on July 14, 2016

The Best LASIK Surgeons Have Experience

If you’re thinking of getting LASIK surgery, there are many things that you have to take into 
consideration. What type of surgery would fit your needs? Which eye, or both? What does 
your recovery period look like? What are the possible complications for the surgery? And, 
perhaps, most importantly, exactly how experienced is your surgeon? The best lasik surgeons have experience with surgery and it's complications.
This last question is probably the most significant consideration you will have while thinking 
about LASIK, because every other question ends up depending on the answer to this 
Surgeon experience is vital to LASIK, because though it’s a short surgery, it requires an 
inordinate amount of skill. Moreover, the stakes for a LASIK surgeon are quite high—if they 
make a mistake, their patient could end up blind. So, with all these facts, surgeon experience 
can end up significantly impacting your LASIK surgery and recovery time.
How? Well, read on to find out.

1) Complications

If you’re having your surgery performed by an inexperienced surgeon who is not under the 
supervision of a more experienced one, you may end up having to deal with complications. 
LASIK procedures, especially procedures that still use blades to create the flap, require a lot 
of precision. 
An inexperienced surgeon working solo might make mistakes with cutting the corneal flap. 
However, an experienced surgeon, or even an inexperienced surgeon working with an 
experienced one, will know what to look out for, improving your chances of emerging from 
the surgery with less complications. 

2) Recovery time

If you’ve had surgery performed by an inexperienced surgeon and are suffering from 
complications that occurred during the procedure, then your recovery time could end up 
being much longer than you anticipated. 
If it’s a simple issue, like flap realignment, you could be looking at an extra two or three 
weeks of recovery. For more serious complications like blindness, you might have to deal 
with recovery as well as therapy to compensate for the disability. Having an experienced 
surgeon perform the procedure ensures that you have the shortest recovery time possible. 

What is experience? 

Okay, so now that you have two very good reasons why you should choose a lasik surgeon with 
experience, you might be wondering about what constitutes experience in this case. 
Well, your surgeon should have completed their undergraduate studies, medical school, five 
years in an ophthalmology residency program, preferably with laser surgery experience during that training period, 
and should have undergone a LASIK-specific curriculum from an affiliated institute or 

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