When Dr. Frank J. Fischer, Jr., first started his practice more than 50 years ago, LASIK eye surgery had not yet been invented. The way in which eye surgery was done has since been improved upon in more ways than one—advancing from the early suturing techniques of the 1940s and ‘50s, and long recovery times, to today’s quick recovery for post-surgery patients who just need to get back to their daily lives.
Put simply, in the words of Dr. Fischer, eye surgery in the 21st century is “a hugely different deal,” being much more precise than ever possible before.
Eye surgery is much more precise than it was in 1960
In the year 2020, it seems fitting that eye surgery has advanced well beyond these earlier techniques. With the advancement of eye surgery, recovery times for many types of procedures has been greatly reduced. Another benefit of advancements in eye surgery is the increasing success rate, which reinforces the necessity of eye surgery for patients who suffer from many types of eye conditions.
In fact, according to The Evolution of Cataract Surgery, by The Journal of the Missouri State Medical Association, “Cataract surgery may be considered among the most successful treatments in all of medicine.”
A team of eye surgeons makes a big difference
The advancement of technology is not the only influence to thank when it comes to improvements with modern-day eye surgery. That is, a team of highly trained and compassionate doctors and technicians makes a world of difference when it comes to undergoing eye surgery.
Dr. Fischer says one of the greatest advantages of being a patient at Advanced Eyecare Associates of Florida is not only the shared experiences and perspectives of its eye surgeons but its staff’s caring approach to how they treat patients. The focus is on the patient and their proper treatment and recovery.
In addition, having on staff eye surgeons of different ages and specializations from glaucoma to cornea transplants gives their eye surgeons a way to share and consult, as well as access to years of training on the tried-and-true techniques and the most recent treatments taught in schools.
Avoid getting lost in the numbers at hospitals
One of the greatest risks for anyone undergoing eye surgery is getting lost in a huge system. A private practice pays close attention to each and every patient and is, more often than not, 100% focused on eye care and treatment. Because eye surgeons require multiple exam rooms full of equipment to diagnose eye conditions and a separate surgery center to treat these conditions, being a patient at a private practice is highly beneficial.
The hospitals have a hard time remaining as nimble and efficient as smaller units and surgical centers that are tuned into eyes only. With a patient- and employee-oriented private practice, surgical technicians are well-educated and trained with professional track certifications that allow them to best serve their patients.
Don’t wait to treat your eye disorder or condition
Eye surgery can seem daunting, but if nothing is done to correct an eye disorder, oftentimes vision will slowly get worse. A slow-developing cataract is no reason to wait. The longer a patient waits, the more difficult some conditions are to treat and the more likely complications will arise as a result.
Before a surgery is conducted at Advanced Eyecare Associates, patients will have the opportunity to ask a surgeon and a surgical technician questions about the procedure so that they fully understand the implications of the surgery and cost.
Give us a call or schedule an appointment today to learn more about treatments for glaucoma, cataract surgery, corneal transplants, oculoplastic and reconstructive surgeries, LASIK and more.
Davis, Geetha, M.D. “The Evolution of Cataract Surgery.” Missouri Medicine: The Journal of the Missouri State Medical Association. v.113(1) (Jan-Feb 2016). 58–62. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6139750/.