How to Choose a LASIK Surgeon
Choosing the right doctor can make all the difference in your LASIK decision. While the LASIK procedure is not as invasive as some surgeries, you are putting one of your most valuable possessions in the doctor's hands and you need a surgeon with a history of excellence. Dr. Arffa wants you to have the opportunity to have all of your questions answered before you make this very personal and important decision. Laser vision correction is an optional surgery that should be given time and thought before you are completely confident that it is right for you and your eyes. It is important that you receive all the information necessary about your procedure and feel comfortable with the LASIK surgeon you have chosen.

Here are some factors to consider when selecting your LASIK surgeon:
When searching for a LASIK surgeon, it is important that you find someone with considerable experience who has performed at least 5,000 LASIK surgeries. The number of procedures performed and the complication rates are critical factors in determining whether your doctor has the knowledge and experience to deliver the best results for you. Your LASIK surgeon should be upfront about any information or questions you may have regarding complication rates or post-surgery enhancements.

Cornea Specialist
A cornea specialist is the type of doctor who can best detect and treat abnormalities of your cornea. Some ophthalmologists choose to specialize in diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the cornea. This requires 1-2 years of additional training. A cornea specialist regularly treats corneal problems and performs corneal surgery, such as corneal transplants. Greater knowledge of the cornea helps avoid complications during and after laser refractive surgery and helps manage them when they occur. Dr. Arffa had two years of fellowship training in cornea and refractive surgery and his practice has been limited to cornea and refractive surgery. He has over 25 years of experience.

Do Not Base Your Decision Solely On Price
When dealing with something as precious as your vision, it is important to be skeptical of "good deals" or prices that are "too good to be true." They generally are just that. The choice of LASIK surgeon should be based on experience and your own comfort level with his or her skills. Your eyes are too important to settle for price before quality. When making your decision, you want to choose someone who has the best results and uses the best equipment. We offer financing to our prospective patients. Financing your LASIK procedure allows you to have the surgery now and make monthly payments that fit your budget. To find out more, visit our LASIK Financing page or call us at 412-206-0335.

Ask Friends or Your Eye Doctor Who They Recommend
Often times, the best way to find a good LASIK surgeon is to get a recommendation from someone who has had the procedure or from your eye care professional. A first-hand account of someone else's experience can be very helpful for you to determine whether a doctor is right for you. Your optometrist is also a valuable resource for information, and their recommendation should be very helpful in your search. Dr. Arffa works with over 100 eye doctors through the TLC Affiliate Doctor Program. To see if your eye care professional is part of this program, or to find one near you who is, please visit the TLC Affiliate Doctor page.

Be Informed
Dr. Arffa believes that an informed patient is the best patient. The best way to determine if you are a candidate for LASIK surgery is to schedule a consultation appointment, where you'll meet with Dr. Arffa to learn more about the procedure and understand the risks and benefits. For a list of potential questions to ask, please visit our section on Questions to ask your LASIK surgeon. If you have any additional questions about the LASIK procedure or would like to schedule a no-cost consultation, please feel free to e-mail us or call at 1-412-206-0335.

Why you Should Choose Dr. Arffa
Dr. Arffa is one of the most experienced LASIK surgeons in Western Pennsylvania, and has performed over 25,000 LASIK procedures. He is recognized as a leader in the field, staying at the forefront of laser vision correction throughout his career, and keeping abreast of the latest advancements in technology available for patients who choose LASIK. He has conducted valuable research on corneal disease and has had numerous scientific articles and textbooks published on the subject of corneal health.

Patients have trusted Dr. Arffa with their eyes for over 25 years. The fact that many of the area's eye doctors and physicians refer their patients to Dr. Arffa to perform their surgery is a testament to his skill and experience. In fact, many local eye doctors have chosen Dr. Arffa to perform LASIK on their own eyes.

He is an ophthalmologist who specializes in diseases and surgery of the cornea, including refractive surgery. Dr. Arffa is an active member of respected ophthalmology associations, including the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgery. In conjunction with his practice, Dr. Arffa is Medical Director of TLC Laser Eye Center Pittsburgh, Medical Director of the Eye Bank, and a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Dr. Arffa's screening process is detailed and comprehensive; if he does not feel the procedure is right for a patient, he will advise against the surgery. If you are interested in LASIK or have questions about the procedure, call Dr. Arffa to schedule a free LASIK consultation to determine your candidacy. Dr. Arffa has been chosen as one of the "Best Doctors in America" and one of the "Top Doctors".

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