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

    Who do you ask?

    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
  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
  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
  6. Liz

    Liz Guest

    I have continued this discussion in another post.

    Please see
    "evaluating eye surgeons"


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