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REPRINTED FROM ARIZONA WOMAN MAGAZINE
Confused About Procedures to Correct Your Vision and where to go to get them done?
If you're confused about surgeries to correct NEARSIGHTEDNESS,
FARSIGHTEDNESS AND ASTIGMATISM, YOU'RE NOT ALONE.
Should you have PRK, Lasik, Intacs or what? Should you go to a volume surgery center, a general ophthalmologist, or a trained Corneal Surgeon to have your procedure performed?
A tremendous amount of money and time has been spent by advertising agencies to present an appealing “product” for you to purchase! The problem is, this isn’t just any product; it’s your eyes. Yes, your eyes, and these are the only ones you’re going to get for the rest of your life! So what are the answers? Simple! Don’t believe anyone’s commercials or ads!
Dr. Gary Mackman MD, Medical and Surgical Director of the Phoenix Ophthalmologists Laser Vision Center, says, “use ads to identify people doing the surgery, and then investigate, investigate, investigate this product like you would any other product! We’ve all been bitten by slick advertising promoting goods and services that don’t stand up to the ads. Medical advertising is no different”, says Dr. Mackman. "Agencies are paid to make the procedures and the surgeons look good”.
If your surgeon is Board Certified, he has been trained, tested and certified as a general Ophthalmologist. That’s good, says Dr. Mackman. If he is fellowship trained in Corneal surgery, he has additional extensive training in all types of corneal surgery. Dr. Mackman says that may be even better! Remember, he says, “almost ALL OF THESE REFRACTIVE SURGERIES ARE CORNEAL SURGERIES!! . Also realize, if complications occur, they are likely to be CORNEAL complications”.
Dr. Mackman comments that “doing a thousand cataract surgeries doesn’t necessarily make a good Excimer laser surgeon or mean that the surgeon can handle the potential complications of “corneal” surgery”!
Dr. Mackman warns consumers to be careful and treat this procedure as they would any other purchase! “Ask yourself”, Dr. Mackman says,
“Do you always buy the cheapest product?
If you need a heart or kidney transplant do you go to a generalist?
If you need your car repaired, do you go to your car brand or any gas station?
When buying a VCR do you compare “equal” brands specifications to see if they’re really equal?
Do you usually pay a little more for more service”?
I’m sure there are a hundred other questions to ask yourself once you start thinking about it, so think- ask- check and then decide!
Phoenix Ophthalmologists Laser Center has offices at: 1331 N. 7th st.#250 and 1728 W. Glendale Ave. #408. For more information call 602-258-7101 or 602-995-1166
or visit their website at: www.phoenixophthalmologists.eyemd.org