When you have been diagnosed with a cataract, you want to be sure that your ophthalmologist is going to give you quality care that meets or, hopefully, exceeds the standard. But in the end, all you probably really want is to know that you’ll be able to see again. We understand that, but hope that you think about who will be performing your cataract surgery.
First, your cataract surgeon is called an ophthalmologist. Ophthalmologists specialize in both the medical and surgical care of the eye. They have completed four years of pre-med undergraduate education, four years of medical school, and then gone on to specialize in medical and surgical training. They are qualified to provide overall eye care with the added service of diagnosing and treating diseases and other conditions of the eye. Other things to keep in mind when choosing a cataract surgeon include:
- Qualifications – Your cataract surgeon should be willing and able to discuss their qualifications with you if you so desire. Their credentials should include an accredited medical institution and they should be licensed in the state in which they perform. Look around the practice to see that licenses and credentials are displayed where patients can see them.
- Experience – While everyone who needs a cataract surgeon wants one who has performed successful cataract surgery, you want to look for one who has experience. You may even want to look for an experienced cataract surgeon who has trained with some of the best eye surgeons in the world. Experience of your cataract surgeon is key, and you should not be shy about asking them how much experience they have and getting an honest answer in return.
- Patient Satisfaction – Patients are the cornerstone of any successful eye practice. Many of the most successful are that way because someone has referred friends or family. While patients should be satisfied, good cataract surgeons take pride in their work, and this shows. You should be able to ask your cataract surgeon for other satisfied patients, or view testimonials.
At Susskind & Almallah Eye Associates, P.A., we have qualified and experienced ophthalmologists able to treat cataract patients successfully and with the care they deserve. Please contact us to set up an initial examination where we can answer any of your cataract surgery questions.