- Credentials - Look into how long they've been practicing and where they trained.
- Testimonials - Seek out stories from patients who have had the surgery to get a good idea of what to expect. The surgeon may have some on their website, or you may be able to find a third-party source online with greatly unbiased anecdotes.
- Attitude - Consider how comfortable you feel when talking with the surgeon and staff.
Finding an Advanced Technology Surgeon
Most intraocular lenses (IOLs) fitted today are monofocal lenses that correct your cataract while providing vision for a single focusing distance such as near or far. Also available are advanced technology IOLs that correct your cataract and pre-existing conditions, such as presbyopia or astigmatism, or provide a full range of vision. While most surgeons are experienced in implanting monofocal lenses, you should seek a specialist if you are interested in advanced technology IOLs. These specialized IOLs require precise placement and centering to work accurately, so a surgeon who has experience with advanced technology IOLs is a necessity.
It's important to note that advanced technology IOLs have their limitations and can still produce visual distortions such as glare at night. When discussing advanced technology IOLs with your surgeon, you'll know they are taking an honest approach if:
- No guarantees of perfect vision are made
- You are told you may still need eyeglasses under certain conditions
- The surgeon has a good follow-up policy in place to address any post-op complications
- You are advised that enhancement surgeries may be needed, and they are fully explained and the extra costs detailed