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The Competent Surgeon vs. the Expert Surgeon

Ocular surgeons and eye experts in Los AngelesYour vision is too valuable to trust to just anyone. When you make the decision to undergo ocular surgery — be it laser vision correction or cataract surgery — your standards for a surgeon should rightfully be very high.

At Laser Eye Center, you will find our surgeons are equal parts experienced, skilled, passionate and driven. And because we love what we do, we want to be the best.

An article published last year in Ophthalmology Times resonated with our team for its description of a concept called the surgical learning curve. According to the surgical learning curve, as a surgeon moves through residency training, and eventually into clinical practice, he or she can take one of two paths: competency or excellence.

The Competent Surgeon continues to do whatever he or she learned in residency without advancing clinical skills or learning about new techniques or technology. Moreover, the Competent Surgeon refers complex cases to other (“better suited”) surgeons, thereby alienating the opportunity for development, and lacks passion for the job.

By contrast, the Expert Surgeon is driven to be the best he or she can, excelling in every way so as to beat his/her own standards. A voracious learner, the Expert Surgeon invests in continuing education and strives to learn from each and every single case. Moreover, he or she eagerly embraces referrals for complicated cases and prepares diligently for such surgeries.

Advancing the Field of Ocular Surgery

The Laser Eye Center surgeons are passionate and driven to excel. We continue to evolve our skills and technology because it is in the best interest of our patients. We take pride in our work and are devoted to advancing the field of ocular surgery, be it in terms of technology, surgical techniques or service.

Consider this: After graduating medical school, a doctor must complete a residency program before they can practice. LASIK surgeons must follow a similar process of training wherein the surgeon is trained in the field by other experts in order to become certified on LASIK technology platforms and thereby be approved to  practice.

As the original Laser Eye Center of Southern California, we have trained some of the most renowned doctors over the last 30 years. In fact, almost half of the laser eye surgeons practicing in Los Angeles today are former employees of Laser Eye Center, having spent years working with us — some for as many as 10 to 12 years — before setting up thriving businesses of their own. This is a testament to our success. 

Meet Our Team of Experts

Laser Eye Center was built on the founding philosophy that vision forms the basis of enabling meaningful connection to the world around us — connecting us to places, nature, adventure and most importantly, loved ones. As such, we deeply value the trust that patients place in us as they take the first step to perfect vision, as we work to change people’s lives through expert ocular surgery. We are passionate about the opportunity to have a positive impact on your life, and we look forward to meeting you and learning how we can best serve you.

Call or email us today to request a consultation.