Choosing a Surgeon


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Dr. David Schanzlin


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It is obviously very important to select the best possible surgeon when considering any type of eye or vision care treatment. Here in the San Diego area, there are many choices among eye surgeons. With that in mind, Gordon Schanzlin New Vision Institute offers the following tips on how you can narrow down your search to doctors with a high level of experience and qualifications.

Criteria to Evaluate

In your research, there are some questions to ask and details to explore that can help you in your determination. Here are a few things to consider:

  • Is the doctor considered an expert in the field of ophthalmology or vision correction?
  • Has the doctor performed research in the field of refractive surgery?
  • Has the doctor been involved in clinical trials and investigations for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration?
  • How many procedures has the doctor performed? Does he or she have a high level of experience?
  • Does the surgeon teach, train, or lecture to other doctors on topics related to vision correction and refractive surgery?
  • Has the doctor written or co-written any published articles on refractive surgery and related topics?
  • Has the doctor ever been invited to speak at national or international conferences and symposia?
  • Does the doctor serve as a consultant to the refractive surgery industry?
  • Are you comfortable with the surgeon? Does he or she listen attentively to your concerns and fully answer your questions?
  • Does the practice perform laboratory and clinical research in refractive surgery?
  • What kind of treatment options does the surgeon provide? Some of the latest procedures include:

More than 75,000 patients have received refractive surgery here at Gordon Schanzlin New Vision Institute, and that’s not including the thousands who have been treated for cataracts, presbyopia, and a range of other eye and vision conditions. Our center has been a global leader in the field of laser vision correction and refractive surgery. We were the first in the world to perform the all-laser custom LASIK procedure. Doctors at Gordon Schanzlin New Vision Institute are pioneers in the development of the excimer laser to correct nearsightedness and are involved in current investigations for the laser’s use in the correction of farsightedness and astigmatism. Members of our team participated in all stages of FDA investigations that eventually led to the approval of laser vision correction, and they are well-known international lecturers on topics related to refractive surgery. They also routinely train other vision care professionals on some of the latest treatment techniques. In fact, Dr. Michael Gordon has been recognized as a leader in the field of refractive surgery and has published a number of articles in major medical journals. He is also a consultant for companies involved in the refractive surgery industry.

The doctors at Gordon Schanzlin New Vision Institute are skilled and experienced with a comprehensive range of vision care procedures. They are committed to providing patients with effective treatment options, attentive and compassionate care, and results that meet – and perhaps even exceed – expectations. As you search for a qualified eye surgeon, we welcome any questions you may have about our doctors’ list of credentials and the treatment options we provide.

Contact Gordon Schanzlin New Vision Institute

Please call us at (858) 455-6800 or click here to email us today with any questions you may have, or if you would like assistance with scheduling an eye evaluation.

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