An ophthalmologist is an eye doctor who has attended medical school and has completed an internship after medical school. They complete a residency in ophthalmology that lasts three to four years. Many will complete another two year fellowship in a particular ophthalmology field such as corneal/anterior segment disease, retinal specialist, neruo-ophthalmology, and pediatric ophthalmologist.
Factors to Consider When Choosing an Ophthalmologist
The American Board of Ophthalmology Certifies Doctors as Board Certified
Being board certified means the doctor has satisfied the requirements for board certification. The American Board of Ophthalmology certification process involves a written test followed by two days of oral examinations. The doctor has to pass both tests in order to become board certified. That an ophthalmologist is board certified is valuable piece of informayion when choosing an ophthalmologist in your community.
Membership in Local, State, and National Organizations
You should verify that the ophthalmologist you choose is a member of their local medical association, state ophthalmology association, and the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Many of these organizations have criteria that the doctors must pass in order to be members of the association.
On Line Health Grade Web Sites
These web sites can give some information but it is still early in their development. The information may not be complete.
Board of Medicine
You can check with the state board of medicine and see if there are any complaints and/ or findings against the doctor.
If a doctor has lost more than one law suit, you might consider another doctor. Many excellent doctors are sued. If there is more than one verdict against a doctor it may mean there is a problem with the care they provide.
Other Physician Recommendations
It is an excellent idea to ask your personal physician who they would recommend for an ophthalmologist.
Vision Lock is an organization that researches eye surgeons and provides insurance to some of these doctors that use premium intraocular lenses during cataract surgery and perform LASIK surgery. These doctors have met over thirty criteria in order for the insurance company to insure their results. A Vision Lock doctor is an excellent choice when choosing an ophthalmologist.
You should consider using the above information when choosing an ophthalmologist and verify their credentials. Once you see the ophthalmologist make sure that they take the time to go over any findings from your eye exam.