LASIK Surgeon in Hawaii on How to Choose the Right Eye Doctor

Screen-Shot-2012-02-01-at-10.02.32-AM-300x235According to the latest statistics from the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), approximately 800,000 refractive surgical procedures were performed in 2010. Dr. Alan Faulkner, a laser vision correction surgeon and eye doctor in Hawaii, says these statistics reflect the popularity of corrective eye surgery and indicate a need for patients to ensure their physician is qualified and experienced in ophthalmologic techniques. Dr. Faulkner discusses how to choose the right surgeon for a procedure such as LASIK surgery in Hawaii.

At his Hawaii eye care facility, Dr. Alan Faulkner says refractive surgical procedures have increased significantly in the past few years. The most recent surveys from the American Academy of Ophthalmology report that there were approximately 800,000 refractive surgical procedures performed in 2010, up more than 50,000 from 2009. As refractive and laser vision correction procedures continue to grow more popular, Dr. Faulkner says consulting with the proper doctor is essential to achieving the best results and improving vision. With procedures like LASIK and cataract surgery, he says high quality vision correction requires exact precision from the surgeon and an up-to-date knowledge of the latest technology.

Thanks to recent developments in laser correction technology, Dr. Faulkner says LASIK and refractive eye surgeons are able to reduce the risks and side effects of procedures to a minimal amount. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, LASIK surgery complications now occur in less than 5% of all cases. Dr. Faulkner says that in order to maintain such a high degree of success, surgeons must pursue continued education in techniques and procedures in addition to their normal patient care. He says patients should be sure to choose a qualified and experienced surgeon who is active in the ophthalmologic community and who has a strict attention to patient safety and well-being.

Dr. Faulkner says another important attribute to look for in an eye doctor is dedication and personalized patient care. He recommends taking time to meet a surgeon and his or her staff while researching their credentials before undergoing any procedure. Through individualized and personal outlining of each patient’s needs, Dr. Faulkner also says patients and doctors must maintain open communication in order to achieve the right results for each individual.

About Alan R. Faulkner, MD

Dr. Alan Faulkner earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Northwestern University and graduated from Tulane Medical School in New Orleans, Louisiana, where he was elected to the National Medical School Honors Society Alpha Omega Alpha. Following graduation, he remained at Tulane to complete an internship in Internal Medicine, residency training in Ophthalmology, and a Fellowship in Oculoplastics, Ocular Oncology, and Orbital Disease. Dr. Faulkner is a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, a Diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology, and a member of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons, the International Society of Refractive Surgeons, and a founding member of the American College of Ophthalmic Surgery.

Located at 1100 Ward Ave. Ste. 1000 in Honolulu, HI, Dr. Faulkner’s practice can be reached at (808) 792-3937. It can also be contacted online at the website or


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