Council for Refractive Surgery Quality Assurance

The Council for Refractive Surgery Quality Assurance (CRSQA, USA"Eyes") is an independent, nonprofit, patient/consumer health organization that provides detailed information about LASIK and certifies refractive surgery doctors based upon patient outcomes. USA"Eyes" was founded by healthcare consultant Glenn Hagele in

1997 [ [http://www.usaeyes.org/faq/subjects/start.htm History of USA"Eyes"] .]

USA"Eyes" operates a website that has information for patients considering conventional and wavefront LASIK, IntraLASIK, PRK, LASEK, Epi-LASIK, RLE, and other refractive surgery procedures. USA"Eyes" also operates a sister website Complicated"Eyes".org that provides information for patients who are experiencing difficulties with LASIK related complications.

urgeon certification

According to USA"Eyes", refractive surgeons applying for certification must provide documentation stating that they meet certain professional and surgical standards. Documentation is subject to review and audit. USA"Eyes" reports that these certifications are re-evaluated every three months. [cite web|url=http://www.usaeyes.org/certify/|title=Recertification Requirements]

Patient outcomes from doctors seeking certification are compared against the current national norms for refractive surgery patients. To become certified, doctors must meet or exceed the national norm as defined by USA"Eyes"' Advisory Committee. [cite web|url=http://www.usaeyes.org/lasik/faq/QSAC.htm|title=Quality Standards Advisory Committee.]

Funding

USA"Eyes" is funded through the certification fees required of ophthalmologists. These fees amount to US$3,250 for the initial evaluation and certification process, then US$1,250 every three months thereafter for reevaluation and recertification. [cite web|url=http://www.usaeyes.org/certify/|title=Cost of USA"Eyes" Certification]

ee also

*Lasik
*Eye surgery
*American Board of Ophthalmology

References

External links

* [http://www.usaeyes.org/ USA"Eyes" Website]
* [http://www.complicatedeyes.org/ Lasik Complications website]


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