LASIK Surgeon Skills More Important Than Technology

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According to Ilan Cohen MD of 5th Avenue Eye Center in New York and New Jersey, finding an ethical and skilled LASIK surgeon is the most important thing a patient can do before contemplating laser vision correction surgery.

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Ilan Cohen, MD

The skills of your surgeon are much more important than an office equipped with great technology that the professionals working there really do not know how to use.

“Some people underestimate the importance of finding a qualified and experienced LASIK surgeon,” Dr. Ilan Cohen said. “But really, you should take as much care when choosing a LASIK surgeon as you would a heart or brain surgeon. The skills of your surgeon are much more important than an office equipped with great technology that the professionals working there really do not know how to use.”

Dr. Cohen, director of 5th Avenue Eye Center in Old Bridge and Manhattan, aids people throughout New York and New Jersey with his novel cataract and LASIK correction procedures. He teaches other surgeons his ground-breaking methods at the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. Now, he hopes to do more to educate people about the importance of choosing a qualified LASIK surgeon no matter what part of the world in which they live.

There are different types of LASIK technologies, one which is “bladeless LASIK” and the other which uses a blade. Whether done with a total laser or a combination of a laser and a blade, LASIK requires a skilled surgeon to cut a thin hinged flap in the cornea of the eye. Then, the laser reshapes the cornea and improves vision. Most doctors have both methods available, though some less experienced doctors are claiming their bladeless technology is completely safe. People receive about 80 percent of their information through their eyes. So, New York and New Jersey LASIK patients (and patients around the globe) should find someone who is experienced in all types of corneal surgery to minimize the risk of complications.

“It is true that getting LASIK surgery is usually much less risky than getting other types of surgery,” Dr. Cohen said. “But it does not matter whether a surgeon uses a blade or bladeless technology to cut the corneal flap. If he does not have the proper expertise, he can cause serious and permanent damage to his patient’s eyes.”

5th Avenue Eye Center is a comprehensive vision clinic with locations in Manhattan, Queens, and New Jersey. Dr. Cohen, a graduate of Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, was fellowship trained in corneal and cataract surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn. and Catholic Medical Center in Boston, Mass. His innovative techniques and ability to correct other surgeons’ mistakes have earned him international media attention on CBS, CNBC, and FOX News.

For more information or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Cohen, call 5th Avenue Eye Center at (212) 764-2020 or visit http://www.worldclasslasik.com.

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