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Do LASIK Surgeons Operate on Family Members? Do They Have LASIK?

Posted on October 30, 2019

How do you know if LASIK surgeons really believe in the procedure they perform every day? Finding out if they recommend the solution to their friends and family members is a good place to start.

Researchers say that it's common for LASIK surgeons to both recommend and perform the procedure on their family members. They know a lot about the benefits of this surgery, as they often have it themselves.

Why Wouldn’t Doctors Operate on Family?

Watch medical programs like Grey's Anatomy, and you'll walk away convinced that doctors often perform surgeries on the people they love. In reality, there are guidelines about the practice. Sometimes, those rules make doctors step away from the surgery room.

Experts point out that organizations like the American Medical Association encourage doctors to stay in the waiting room when their loved ones need help. A doctor treating a loved one can struggle to:

  • Remain impartial. Serious illnesses often call for analytic decisions. That's hard to do when you're working with someone you love.
  • Deal with a crisis. During an intense surgery, a loved one can experience a complication. Surgeons must work quickly under pressure. Relationships can make that hard.
  • Maintain confidence. Worries and doubts can keep surgeons from making the right calls in a crisis.

Despite these risks, it's somewhat common for doctors to work on those they love. In a 2017 study, 76 percent of doctors said they'd performed surgery on friends and family members.

How Is LASIK Surgery Different?

When we're talking about surgeries and family, we're sometimes talking about life-and-death procedures. If someone we love has a severe bone break, a cancerous tumor, or a blocked artery, the surgical solution is serious. The surgery comes with enhanced risks. LASIK is a surgery, but the risk profile is a little different.

Doctors use finely calibrated equipment to perform LASIK procedures. They take very detailed measurements before the first cut is made. And the whole surgery is over in minutes.

It's still a surgery, but the chance that something will go catastrophically wrong is minuscule.

Doctors might choose to perform LASIK on those they love because:

  • They trust their skills. A doctor who has performed LASIK surgeries thousands of times knows the equipment inside and outside. Sending a loved one to a different surgeon can seem silly.
  • It helps with marketing. Patients trust doctors who are willing to perform LASIK on those they love. It's a vote of confidence that could help nervous patients feel safe while in surgery.
  • They believe in the surgery. Researchers say more than 90 percent of LASIK surgeons recommend the procedure to friends and family members. They know it works, and they want those they love to take advantage.
  • They understand the patient's lifestyle. Close families know one another well. LASIK surgeons may know their husbands have dry eyes in the summer, or they know their wives enjoy knitting in the winter. They can take precautions to match surgical outcomes to fit the person's lifestyle.

Doctors might also encourage family members to have LASIK because they know it works. Researchers say more than 62 percent of experts who perform LASIK have been patients at one point.

They couldn't treat their own eyes, of course. But they trusted a colleague to help them. And now, they see the results every day. They're in an exceptional position to discuss risks and benefits with those they love.

Patients have choices. There are plenty of practitioners ready to help people who want to leave a life of glasses behind. But if you know and love someone who provides this surgery, it could be a good option for you to consider.


Why Doctors Shouldn't Treat Family Members. (January 2012). CNN.

When You Operate on Friends and Relatives: Results of a Survey Among Surgeons. (May 2017). Medical Principles and Practice.

Do Ophthalmologists Undergo LASIK? (May 2016). The Ophthalmologist.

Eye Doctors Are LASIK Patients Too. (February 2016). American Refractive Surgery Council.

Dr. Duna Raoof on Her Experience, Passion, and Why She Chose NVISION

Posted on September 4, 2018

Dr. Raoof is a fellowship-trained and board-certified cataract, cornea, and LASIK surgeon. She is a highly acclaimed ophthalmologist and influential surgeon in the eye care industry.

Hello! My name is Dr. Duna Raoof and I am thrilled to be joining the NVISION teams at Laguna Hills and Newport Beach.

Why I Became an Ophthalmologist

I chose ophthalmology early on during medical school after witnessing cataract surgery. The precision, elegance, and beauty of eye surgery was absolutely captivating to me. I was further drawn by the tremendous impact vision has on a person’s activities, lifestyle, and happiness. I love my field and love going to work every day to witness the positive difference I make on my patient’s quality of life. I also have a keen passion for technology; and ophthalmology is a field that continuously has advancements in its surgical techniques and lasers. I enjoy constantly learning about and applying what is most cutting edge, because I believe when it comes to your eyes, you should settle for nothing less.

Top 5 Myths of LASIK – Am I A Good Candidate for LASIK?

Posted on July 11, 2018

By Tom Tooma, M.D., Founder of NVISION Eye Centers

With millions of people in the U.S. currently suffering from , farsightedness, and astigmatism, many have, or will consider LASIK as a possible treatment option at some point in their lifetime. However, there is still a general hesitation in today’s culture when it comes to actually having the procedure. While it is understandable that some might be a tad nervous about having a laser pointed directly at their cornea, the belief that LASIK is a relatively new, primitive, or dangerous procedure with dozens of pitfalls could not be further from the truth.

What’s The Right Choice? Choosing Between Contact Lenses vs. LASIK

Posted on June 26, 2018

By: Dr. Tom Tooma, M.D., Founder

Over the past 22 years, I’ve performed over 130,000 LASIK and PRK procedures, and a majority of patients that I see on a daily basis are those looking to free themselves from their dependence on contact lenses. One of the most common questions I get from these patients is “Why is LASIK better than continuing to use contact lenses?”

The obvious answer is how wonderful it would be to be free from the dependence on contact lens wear. However, there are two other compelling reasons of why LASIK IS better than long term contact lens wear:

1. The safety of one compared to the other.
2. The cost of LASIK compared to the cost of contact lenses over a lifetime.


LASIK today is not what it used to be 23 years ago when the FDA first approved the vision correction procedure. There has been an incredible amount of research and technological advancements that have made the surgery even more effective with safety at the forefront including:

  1. Eye Trackers
    1. Our lasers are equipped with sophisticated eye tracking technology that follows the eye everywhere it goes during surgery. This not only is peace of mind for our patients who ask “what if I move my eye during surgery!?” but it actually results in better quality of vision.
  2. Femtosecond Lasers
    1. Femtosecond Lasers more precisely create the LASIK flap compared to the Microkeratome which uses a blade. This laser technology has reduced the incidence of Dry Eyes and flap complications yet offers a faster healing time. As you can imagine, with a blade, there is more room for error and complications.
  3. Wavefront-Optimized, Wavefront-Guided, and Topography-Guided Lasers
    1. All three technologies have substantially improved the statistical chance of 20/20 vision.
    2. They offer improved outcomes, frequently resulting in better uncorrected vision after surgery than the best vision obtained with glasses and contact lenses before surgery.
    3. They reduce the incidence of halos and glare.
    4. 99% of NVISION patients with Nearsightedness and Astigmatism have uncorrected vision of 20/20 following surgery.

Overnight Contact Use: 

With regard to safety, a key danger associated with contact lenses applies to those who sleep in them. Overnight use of contact lenses increases the chance of damaging your cornea (known as infectious keratitis, or corneal ulcers) to a 1 in 40 chance over a 10 year period. If that infection is within the center of your cornea, you are likely to have a permanent decrease in your vision. According to a recent CDC report, in 2015, more than 1 million visits were made in the United States to eye doctor’s offices and emergency rooms for complications from contact lens related corneal infections. In the over 130,000 LASIK and PRK procedures I’ve done, I have never had a patient develop a corneal ulcer/corneal infection.

It is also likely that long-term contact lens wearers are more likely to develop dry eyes than those who wear glasses. It is believed that contact lenses damage the oil producing glands (Meibomian glands) in the eye lids that are responsible for maintaining a healthy tear film. That, combined with infrequent blinking and incomplete blinking, much like what happens with long term digital device use, is responsible for decreasing the expression of these oil glands and may eventually result in blocked glands. That is why, I believe, there is less risk in a LASIK procedure compared to the lifetime-wear of contact lenses, especially if worn overnight.

Cost Comparison and Independence from Relying on Contact Lenses:

When you compare the cost of daily wear contact lenses and glasses (typically $500 or more per year) over a decade, with the cost of LASIK surgery, LASIK becomes a great investment, especially at NVISION. When you add to that the convenience and safety of LASIK compared to long term contact lens wear,  LASIK becomes an obvious choice.

Many of our patients choose NVISION for our superior technology, experienced surgeons, and, to protect your investment, our LASIK Lifetime Commitment program. With the NVISION Lifetime Commitment, NVISION offers the peace of mind that if a future enhancement is needed to maintain vision results, clinically qualified participating patients will receive a same-technology enhancement procedure free of charge.

“Crystal clear vision”, “vision like I had when I was young”, and “I wish I had done it sooner!” are just a few of the phrases I hear on a daily basis from patients after their LASIK surgery.

If you’re ready to see if LASIK is right for you, book a LASIK consultation with us- it’s free and may be the perfect solution to your vision needs. You have nothing to lose (okay, maybe your glasses and contacts!) and everything to gain (clear vision through your own eyes!)

“Dr. Tooma and the rest of the NVISION staff made me feel perfectly comfortable about my LASIK procedure from the first consultation to the point of walking out the door post-procedure. I can’t say enough great things about the clean, organized, professional, welcoming nature of NVISION - this really made a difference in my original decision to go through with the process and say yes to the procedure after a period of deliberation. I was recommended to Dr. Tooma and NVISION by close friends and colleagues, and I am already doing the same for others thinking about having their eyes’ potential realized. Any doubts or pressures I had lingering in my mind walking into the day of my procedure were completely calmed and dissipated in entering the operating room and speaking with Dr. Tooma, who reassured me that I’d be in good hands. Nothing has turned out to be more true. I love my new eyes! Thank you NVISION and thank you, Dr. Tooma!”
-James S, Professional Volleyball Player

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