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Our LASIK Surgeons

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 undesirable result.

Skill and Experience of LASIK Surgeons

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 LASIK surgeons handle your LASIK needs.

Dr. Walter 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 your outcome.

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 LASIK 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 LASIK surgeon on the day of surgery and never see him or her again.

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 LASIK surgeons see all of their patients for the initial evaluation and establish an “old-fashioned” doctor-patient relationship. Our LASIK surgeons 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, or 

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.

Word-of-Mouth/Patient Testimony

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 and LASIK surgeons 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 LASIK 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.

Contact Wake Forest Baptist

Request an appointment online with one of our LASIK surgeons or call 888-716-WAKE. 


Last Updated: 05-23-2016
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