Getting any type of eye surgery such as cataract or refractive surgery can benefit the right patients. An experienced optometrist like Michael Vathanasaynee, O.D who is the primary eye care provider, participates in surgery co-management. You would first need to see your optometrist for a North Las Vegas eye surgery evaluation if you’re considering surgery.
It’s very important that patients see an independent doctor prior to serious consideration of eye surgery. While optometrists would not perform the patient’s cataract or refractive surgery, they would play an important role in the cataract and refraction surgery co-management. The first step in the process is to see an experienced optometrist for a North Las Vegas eye surgery evaluation and consultation. This must happen before you could schedule the surgery. The consultation is extremely important and will determine if the surgery is the best treatment option for the patient. The optometrist will need to thoroughly discuss the considered procedure with the patient and must inform and educate the patient to ensure that the patient is making an informed decision. He’ll need to inform the patient and ensure that the patient understands the following: all of the available procedure options and about the risks and complications of each of these options. According to the American Optometric Association, patient education is very important and as the primary provider or eye and vision care services, the optometrist plays a key role in in this process. These factors include: realistic expectations of the surgery (ex: costs, risks vs. benefits & expected benefits), alternative corrections such as contact lenses, spectacles and other surgical procedures, Typical symptoms and side effects, risks for complications, presbyopia, the intraoperative role of the patient and post-operative eye care. If the patient decides to do the surgery, the optometrist will see the patient before the surgery for preparation purposes and will have provide the follow-up care after the surgery has been done.
To learn more about Cataract and refractive surgery co-management, you should have a North Las Vegas eye surgery evaluation. Call us to schedule your appointment.