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Is the Surgeon Board Certified?

The American Board of Ophthalmology requires specific training and continuuing education related to the specialty to be board certified. The state licensing boards should also validate LASIK surgeons' credentials. You can also search on the American Academy of Ophthalmology's website to "Find an Eye MD".

Dr. Hirsch is Board Certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Dr. Hirsch is a member of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons and the International Society of Refractive Surgeons. Locally he is a member of the Milwaukee Ophthalmologic Society and on the medical staff of Aurora St. Lukes Hospital and Columbia St. Mary's Ozaukee Hospital.

What is the Surgeon's LASIK Experience?

Look for an experienced LASIK surgeon who has performed numerous surgeries and is highly educated.

He completed his ophthalmology residency at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City; which is considered one of the most prestigious eye departments in the country. The use of the excimer laser for vision correction was invented at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center. This allowed Dr. Hirsch the unique opportunity to perform refractive surgery during his general ophthalmology training. He became one of the few residents certified to use the VISX excimer laser for vision correction. He has treated over one-thousand patients for vision correction procedures.

Does the Surgeon use advanced technology?

Find out what type of laser your surgeon is using and how knowledgeable they are about the system.

Dr. Hirsch uses the VISX S4 Excimer Laser. This laser has sophisticated tracking devices to ensure the treatment is placed with the utmost accuracy. It is approved by the FDA for a wide range of treatments including myopia(nearsightedness), hyperopia(farsightedness), and astigmatism. He uses a Wavescan to analyze the higher-order aberrations in the eye add a customized laser treatment.

He performs his procedures at a state-of-the art facility with a highly trained technical staff. The same staff members calibrate and operate the equipment. The equipment is maintained at it's highest functioning level.

Is the Surgeon Selective in determining candidates?

Ask your potential surgeon how many candidates he has turned down and the reasons they were ineligible for LASIK surgery. It is important to know your surgeon cares about your vision.

Dr. Hirsch sets his criteria for surgical candidacy at the highest level. This often causes him to turn away patients that other surgeons consider good candidates. While these patients often have excellent results, Dr. Hirsch does not provide the surgery to patients who he deems to be in the"gray" zone for candidacy. He does all the pre-operative and post-operative exams and therefore is always available to address a patient's questions either before or after the surgery.


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