locating a good surgeon

Discussion in 'Optometry Archives' started by Liz, Sep 3, 2009.

  1. Liz

    Liz Guest

    Greetings from the land of haze...

    I feel a bit dumb asking this. If you're in a city and you know there
    are good cataract surgeons here, but you don't know which ones they
    are, is there a good way to find out?

    Or to find how good or bad a particular one is?

    Doctors are very reluctant to comment on other doctors, even to
    recommend the good ones. Their patients are not reluctant, but of
    course I know very few patients of any given doctor.

    I can form my own impressions by visiting each one, but that is
    confusing and expensive.

    When I was looking for a lawyer, I found the referrals given by the
    American Bar Association to be worthless, so I doubt there is a
    professional association I can ask this question to and get a good
    answer.

    Who do you ask?

    thanks,
    L.
     
    Liz, Sep 3, 2009
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  2. Liz

    Neil Brooks Guest

    One possibility: contact the IOL manufacturers. Find out if there's a
    surgeon that THEY use for THEIR trials.

    They have a HUGE vested interest in successful outcomes, and are
    pretty likely to go with highly competent folks.

    Where are you? Are you willing to travel for this procedure?

    I know a few good refractive surgeons in Southern California (if you
    can see through the smoke) that I would unhesitatingly recommend....
     
    Neil Brooks, Sep 3, 2009
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  3. Liz

    The Real Bev Guest

    I've heard that asking the nurses in the appropriate department of the local
    hospital works; the doctors are a closed union, but the nurses know what's what.

    I think doctors just recommend their golf/tennis buddies. One recommended
    somebody she'd met at a social engagement the previous evening.
     
    The Real Bev, Sep 4, 2009
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  4. Liz

    douglas Guest

    Here's two excellent eye surgeons:
    1. Lief M. Hertzog MD http://www.hertzogeyecare.com/about_us.htm (my
    own ophthalmologist)
    2. David A. Wallace MD FAAO http://www.la-sight.com/meet_dr_wallace.aspx
    (his colleague whom I've consulted recently on whether I could have a
    certain refractive surgery)
     
    douglas, Sep 4, 2009
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  5. Liz

    douglas Guest

    Several major ophthalmic device companies use Dr Wallace for
    consulting and teaching. He has invented devices used in eye surgery.
    He is a member of the American Society for Cataract and Refractive
    Surgery. And Dr Hertzog instructs at USC in eye surgery
     
    douglas, Sep 4, 2009
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  6. Liz

    Liz Guest

    I have continued this discussion in another post.

    Please see
    "evaluating eye surgeons"

    groups.google.com/group/sci.med.vision/browse_thread/thread/
    3a3a1697dba5f793#

    Sorry for the confusion. Thanks,
    Liz
     
    Liz, Sep 8, 2009
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