If it could be said that there were a benefit of having an eye condition or vision problem in Austin, it is at least you have your choice of excellent, well-trained professionals from which to choose. In a city the size of Austin and in an area where medic al knowledge and technology are integrated into practice with enthusiasm, you can be assured of finding the best doctor for your needs, whether a cataract surgeon or a glaucoma specialist. Here are some tips to help you choose your Austin eye specialist or surgeon.
If you regularly see an optometrist (who is trained to treat some diseases of the eye), you may be referred to a specialist if he detects something amiss with your eye and/or vision. Often, you will not notice any changes or discomfort until the condition has progressed significantly. Ask your OD for a recommendation. He will know who specializes in your particular condition.
Whether you need a retinal specialist for macular degeneration or you are considering LASIK surgery in Austin, it helps to get recommendations for other people in your community, and especially those who have the same eye condition with which you are contending. After you have a list, you have a few options. One is to do some research online on sites like Yelp or Vitals.com to see if the doctors recommended have reviews or ratings posted. If so, read through them – remembering to weigh the information. You can also check with the American Board of Ophthalmology to see if the doctor is certified.
If this helps you develop a short list, call and schedule a consultation with three or four specialists. While you are in the office, they will have a chance to evaluate your condition and discuss possible courses of treatment. At the same time, though, you can evaluate their professionalism, equipment, and demeanor. During this time, if you haven’t already obtained this information online, you can ask about schooling and continuing training. It helps to know a bit about current treatment options for your condition so you can ask his/her opinion. This not only gives you an answer, it helps you gauge the doctor’s willingness to have you be a part of your own health care team.
Choose the eye specialist who listens to your input and takes it seriously. The days of trusting your doctor implicitly and having no opinion on your own health are, luckily and thanks in large part to the internet, over. Now we can gather our own information, develop questions, and assert ourselves. At the same time, the doctor is the expert with whom we make decisions – not the one who makes the decisions for us.
In Austin, LASIK, retinal, corneal, and other surgeries are performed widely. Treatment options tend to be progressive. No, not many people would say they were lucky to have an eye condition or vision disturbance, but there is luck in being treated in Austin. Find the expert who will work for you and with you to restore or maintain your vision.
About the Author: Mark Masters has authored may pieces on the eye care & surgery industry and enjoys keeping his readers up to date in this field