Choosing a LASIK surgeon is not as complicated as it can be with other forms of surgery. However, a poor outcome from an eye surgery may have an almost identical negative impact on your life as a poor outcome from a heart operation. That is why finding the best possible LASIK surgeon is so important.

International repute in quality care, LASIK specific ‘long term’ fellowship training at best hospitals, excellent qualifications, and a willingness to collaborate with a patient to overcome any discomfort after a procedure are all indicators of a skilled surgeon.

Taking the time to find the right surgeon for your LASIK procedure is an important step toward obtaining a good visual outcome. Please read the following details carefully to assist you in locating a top-notch LASIK surgeon.

Cornell fellowship trained LASIK specialist. —

Inquire whether the LASIK surgeon is board certified in addition to obtaining a simple ophthalmology license. Cornea is the front part of the eye where LASIK is performed. Only a qualified corneal surgeon with LASIK fellowship certification would be able to have the best results in the safest manner. They are also qualified to address post-LASIK issues in a very efficient manner.


The center and its LASIK surgeon should be a reasonably high-volume facility with 10 to 15 years of experience and a strong reputation. To give you the best results, the surgeon should have a lot of experience and work with a variety of power correction ranges. A surgeon who has performed at least 10,000 LASIK procedures is preferred.


The tools at the surgeon’s disposal are just as vital as the LASIK surgeon himself. To permanently remove your power, the lasers should be the most recent, safest, and reliable.


For a pleasant and healthy treatment, the atmosphere and service should be world-class and hygienic. Don’t pick a low-quality center just because it’s cheap; note, it’s your eye, so help them see the best for the rest of their lives.


Request a referral from your primary eye care provider, such as an optometrist or an ophthalmologist. Tell him or her that you want the best LASIK surgeon in your region with a good reputation. Furthermore, reliable LASIK surgeons can be excellent sources of referrals. If you know of a very well refractive surgeon in another city, contact his or her office and ask for referrals to good surgeons in your region.


Many refractive surgery centers place advertisements in newspapers, radio, television, and online. Some commercials contain more detail than others. Some claim to have incredibly low rates. Although this is a good place to start, an advertisement or the cost of a treatment should not be the primary criteria for selecting a LASIK surgeon.

Discuss with Friends and Family

Obtain feedback from friends and family members who have undergone the treatment. Ask them about their personal experiences. It’s also a good idea to consult your primary care physician and your optometrist for advice and possibly a referral. If you’ve spoken with a trained LASIK surgeon, ask for further referrals from current and former patients who can speak about their encounters with the surgeon.

Reviews on the internet:

We live in the era of the review. There is no lack of public opinion when it comes to a restaurant, a car, a hotel, or a LASIK surgeon. Sites like Yelp and Google Maps, will help you get a feel for a surgeon by allowing you to read feedback from people who have already had surgery.

Of course, there are other factors to consider when selecting the best LASIK surgeon (location, cost, and availability), but don’t ignore any of the ones mentioned above. Just because one surgeon is conveniently situated near your home or provides the operation for half the price of another doesn’t mean it’s the right one for you.

The more time and thought you put into choosing a LASIK surgeon, the more satisfied you’ll be with the procedure and the results.

About Dr. Columbus

Dr. Bill, as he is affectionately known, is the founder and surgical director at Columbus LASIK Vision. He received his Bachelor’s Degree at Scranton University and his medical degree at Penn State University Medical Center where he also performed his internal medicine internship. He then spent three years at Nassau County Medical Center training in Ophthalmology. Shortly after finishing at Nassau county, he began his cornea and refractive fellowship at the prestigious Cornell Medical Center in Manhattan. Dr. Columbus has demonstrated his commitment to excellence with over 25,000 corrective eye procedures.