The Optometric Minute

Tips for Co-Managing Refractive Surgery

Dec. 5, 2018

The optometrist plays a vital role in co-managing refractive surgery, and there is a fast-growing need for more ODs in MD-based surgical centers. Bobby Saenz, OD, MS, FAAO, who works in a surgical center in San Antonio, Texas, shares how he serves as a trusted information source for patients pre- and post-operatively.

SET EXPECTATIONS. Let patients know that new and improved refractive surgical options are emerging. Set expectations for the procedure and post-operative visual experience.

REVIEW OPTIONS. Fully explain the many options patients now have in refractive surgery, including the benefits and risks of each approach.

ESTABLISH TRUST. Create a trusting relationship between doctor and patient. Encourage the patient to ask questions and express concerns that  you can address or convey to the surgeon.

 

Bobby Saenz, OD, MS, FAAO, is clinic director and residency director at Parkhurst NuVision in San Antonio, Texas.

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