Qualities to Look for When Selecting a Cataract Surgeon

Choosing a Cataract SurgeonCataract surgery is one of the most common and routine procedures performed today. But it is still surgery, and there are always risks, so you want to ensure it is done properly by the best surgeon possible.

As you vet prospective surgeons, the team at Bochner Eye Institute suggests qualities that your surgeon should have.

Board Certification

Not all eye doctors are qualified to perform eye surgery; only board-certified ophthalmologists do. Your cataract surgeon must be certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology; this indicates that they have completed the required education and training to perform eye surgery, passed tests evaluating their knowledge, and meet a rigorous set of standards set forth by the board.


Ideally, your cataract surgeon should have many years of experience and perform cataract surgery regularly. Compare the experience and knowledge of someone that performs cataract surgery dozens of times a month to someone that only performs it a few times a year. Who would you rather have operating on one of the most delicate areas of your body?


At Bochner Eye Institute, we believe that the technology a cataract surgeon uses is very important. The finest surgeons are trained and skilled to use equipment like lasers to improve the safety, precision and outcomes of cataract surgery. We pride ourselves on being the first eye care centre in Canada to offer laser cataract surgery with the Catalys® Precision Laser System.

Great “Bedside Manner”

Any surgical procedure can bring up a lot of questions and concerns (and even some fears). But finding a surgeon with a great “bedside manner” can alleviate most of those concerns and fears. When we talk about bedside manner, we are referring to qualities like good communication skills, patience and empathy.

You should feel as though your surgeon takes the time to address your questions thoroughly, without rushing you through your appointments. You should be able to communicate easily with your surgeon and the staff, and feel welcomed and respected in your interactions. All of these qualities can help make your entire experience go smoothly.

Meet the Cataract Surgeons at Bochner Eye Institute

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