When choosing where to have your LASIK
surgery, it's extremely important that you give yourself the best chance
of having successful, complication-free surgery. The following are
several elements that should be sought to lessen your risk of an
Skill and Experience of the Surgeon
Experience matters when in comes to
LASIK. Many studies have shown that most complications occur in the
first 1,000 cases a surgeon performs. Why take unnecessary risk with a less experienced surgeon? Let our team of highly skilled surgeons handle your LASIK needs.
has been on faculty since 1996. He received his Medical Degree from Duke University School of Medicine and completed his Residency and Fellowship at Emory University. Dr. Walter has been performing LASIK since 1995 and has being doing LASIK longer
than any other surgeon in North Carolina. He was a co-investigator of
the 1st FDA-guided LASIK study in the United States.
Dr. Giegengack has been on faculty since 2007. He received his Medical Degree from Columbia University and completed his Residency and Fellowship at the Casey Eye Institute at Oregon Health and Science University.
Dr. Patel has been on faculty since 2013. She received her Medical Degree from Georgetown University, completed her Residency at Wake Forest Baptist Health and her Fellowship at Oregon Health and Science University.
Experience of the Surgical Team
Most patients aren’t aware that
technicians and nurses are involved in several key aspects of the
procedure. Inexperienced staff are prone to mistakes that may affect
Our certified ophthalmic technicians have been
programming lasers and monitoring their performance for the last 15
years. Our nurses have been assisting with LASIK surgery for 15 years
here at Wake Forest Baptist Health Eye Center.
Personal Care and Attention
We believe that it is vital to have
complete care from your surgeon starting with the initial evaluation and
at all subsequent visits after the procedure. Many high-volume LASIK
centers will have a technician or optometrist evaluate you for surgery
and refer you to a non-surgeon for all follow-up care. This means you
will only meet your surgeon on the day of surgery and never see him or
Be very cautious of this scenario. Ask if
you can meet the surgeon at your initial evaluation. Ask if the surgeon
will be seeing you afterward. If you get a disinclined response, go
elsewhere. Non-surgical providers are not fully capable of diagnosing
subtle problems and may delay your return to the surgeon.
Our surgeons see all of their patients for
the initial evaluation and establish an “old-fashioned” doctor-patient
relationship. They do all of their own follow-up care and are always
available for questions by calling our office at 336.716.4091 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Best Technology/Laser
The Wake Forest Baptist Health Eye Center
uses the Allegretto Wavelight laser, simply the best excimer laser in
the United States. It is fast, safe and predictable. It is the fastest
laser in the U.S. and tracks and treats at 200 times a second! This
means you are under the laser for only 10 to 30 seconds.
It also is the only laser which the FDA
has granted permission to be marketed as improving night vision. That
means minimal or no glare and halos around lights at night, and vision
is often better than your contact lenses or glasses.
The Wavelight laser
has a national reputation among physicians as having the lowest
retreatment rate — less than 3%. We also have a video that explains the
advantages of this new technology.
Laser vision correction with LASIK is
becoming more widely accepted every year, with over 1 million cases
performed each year. Wake Forest Baptist Health Eye Center has been ranked as
a Top 10 academic center by its own peers in ophthalmology. Our Physicians are ranked on the Best Doctors in America year after year.
Our surgeon's reputations among patients and their peers are second to none.
The majority of our LASIK patients were referred by two or three of their
friends or family who had their surgery at Wake Forest Baptist Health Eye Center. Our surgeons have a
national reputation as leaders in LASIK surgery.
Wake Forest Baptist Health Eye Center is the
only place in our region that can provide you with all of these
important factors, to ensure you of the best possible outcome.