Hello and welcome to case of the day. I’m Dr Croley and today we’re gonna change topics a little bit.
I get asked a lot of times here in the office about how do you choose the right eye doctor about having cataract surgery or whatever is going on. A lot of people wanna know how do I choose the doctor to go to. Well there’s things you can do obviously to try to find that out. You can ask your neighbor though that probably isn’t the best way to do it because your neighbor is not an expert in the field most likely. So it’s just an opinion and that opinion could be a good one or a bad one. So that’s not necessarily the greatest way to do it. But you can do some things. You can make sure that the doctor you’re choosing to go to is board certified. So that means they have passed, in the case of Ophthalmology, a written exam on their knowledge of Ophthalmology and an oral exam on their knowledge of Ophthalmology. And so that gives you some safety factor that they’ve passed that.
Other things you could do is you can check with your state ophthalmologist society to see if they are a member of good standing with that society. State societies typically do some investigation before someone is allowed to become a member to make sure they have a clean record and what not. In some states, you can go to the state website to see if they’ve been sued or lost different lawsuits. One of the ways you can do, which is not a bad way, is to ask your own doctor who would they go to if they have a particular problem and they needed eye surgery.
But there’s also another way you can do that and that is through a company called VisionLock. So they have a website called visionlock.com. They have gone around and they’re expanding to different states. They started in the state of Florida. Their way of the company runs, is that they have decided to form this company that insures doctors about their results. That is, if you’re going to a doctor and you wanted to have a premium high tech procedure done an intraocular lens, then these doctors, if they are approved, can provide you sort of like an Aflac insurance policy, that is, an insurance policy on top of just what would be a normal malpractice policy or your own insurance policy.
It covers certain things. It’s up to million dollar liability for certain complications related to the eye surgery. They give you, if you fall in an injury eye in the first 30 days, they give you, they help pay something for your hospital bill or whatever that will occur. It’s a policy that the doctor who’s been approved can offer his patient, his or her patients, a way of, a sort of a reassurance that this doctor has been thoroughly investigated and has met all the standards that the underwriters of insurance underwriters of VisionLock have stated that they now found that this doctor is the best of the best.
They go to over 40 different checks that they go through to determine, to make sure that the doctor is of the top of the top. So they check the background of that doctor: if they have been sued or they are members of the correct societies; if they’ve shown excellence in different things such as papers they’ve written. They also check the office. So they do an onsite investigation of the practice to make sure the equipment, like this equipment, and equipment in the office is the latest of the latest. They also go into the surgery with the doctor and observe the quality of the surgery the doctor performs, and the doctor have performed a minimum number of cases. So VisionLock is a way that can provide you with the surety that you are getting the best doctor because the insurance underwriters for VisionLock are only gonna approve the best doctors because they have done a thorough investigation of that particular doctor to make sure that they are safe for them to underwrite the policy that is available.
So it’s tough to decide how to choose your doctor. Obviously you wanna choose a doctor that you feel comfortable with, that you can discuss any problems you have or anything you’d like to go over. Also you wanna make sure that the quality of the practice meets the highest standards and the quality of the surgery that is performed by that particular doctor is the highest quality.
So that’s several ways you can do it. You can do some investigating on your own, or you can go to visionlock.com and look up to see what doctors close to you and then know that that doctor has been thoroughly checked out and investigated.
So if you have any questions about the things we’ve just discussed or anything else you would like any answers to, you can always contact us through the website. And if not may God bless you and have great healthy eyes and great vision.