Dr. Martin Burger, one of the Most Experienced LASIK Surgeons in the Country.

What does it take to become a refractive surgeon?

June 23, 2009 by  
Filed under Ask Dr. Burger

The simplest answer to this question is: a very long time.

First, one must become a medical doctor. This requires four years of college, four years of medical school, and one year of internship at a hospital. After these nine years, a three or four year residency training program in ophthalmology is required. During this training, the aspiring ophthalmologist learns all about eye conditions, medications and treatments, and also learns how to perform eye surgery. At this point, the minimum requirements for performing LASIK procedures have been met. However, most LASIK surgeons seek additional training beyond this point in order to obtain greater experience before practicing in this highly specialized area.

I have gone far beyond the minimal requirements, having completed numerous clerkships in the field of refractive surgery, including a clerkship in cornea, refractive surgery, and glaucoma at one of thop rated eye hospitals in the country. I also completed courses in Opthalmology at Stanford University.

I believe that a large part of my success as a leading Refractive Surgeon has to do with my passion for my career and how much I love what I do. I can’t imagine that there is a better job than helping people see without their glasses or contacts for the first time in their life! I never get tired of hearing all the stories from my patients about how happy and excited they are with their NEW VISION.

I’m committed to providing the best visual outcomes possible for my each and every patient. I take great pride in what I do and I realize how much trust patients are putting in me with something that is so precious and valuable to them as their sight. . .and I don’t want to let them down. That is why I have put so much time into learning and having a complete understanding of how lasers operate and the many different factors that can affect them. I have also spent countless hours compiling, tweaking, and adjusting all my nomograms for the lasers to allow me to develop precise nomograms that ultimately leads to excellent surgical outcomes for my patients. I measure my success as a refractive surgeon by my patients. It makes me feel very good to know that I have helped more people see 20/20 or better without glasses or contacts than any other surgeon in Florida, Indiana, Illinois, or Kentucky.

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