Dr. Robert Maloney believes that a well-informed patient is key to successful vision correction surgery. He wants to be sure that you fully understand what you can expect from your procedure you choose. He wants to help you care for and preserve your eyesight in the best way possible. Here, you can find the information that you need to help you make informed choices about health care for your eyes.

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If you have gotten this far in the book, you understand why you need glasses, what vision correction procedure you may be qualified for, and what the advantages and disadvantages are of that procedure. Now comes the hard part: choosing a surgeon. It’s hard because you are on the outside looking in, trying to make sense out of a surgeon’s abilities and qualifications. In this chapter, I’ll help you “peek under the hood” so you can recognize the best surgeons amid the average ones.

Selecting the best surgeon is important. Vision correction surgery is remarkably safe, but it is still surgery—surgery on your eyes, your most important connection to the outside world. It is worth your time and effort to determine which doctor will get you the best result because you’ll live with that result for the rest of your life. You should evaluate a potential surgeon in three major categories: reputation, credentials, and practice style.

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