Why D. Shawn Parker, MD, FACS?
Experience • Personalized Patient Care • Proven Results
Dr. Shawn Parker was the first surgeon to perform LASIK in this area. Dr. Parker is a board certified and fellowship trained corneal and refractive surgeon with over 17 years of experience. Dr. Parker's LASIK outcomes and personalized patient care have made him one of the most chosen LASIK surgeons in southeast Missouri.
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What do other patients have to say about Dr. Parker?
Bobbi Ann Mason
Formerly of K103, Bobbi Ann says LASIK has changed her life!
"It's incredible! I can actually read the clock on the stove from across the room, see my alarm clock in the morning, read billboards and road signs! I walked into EyeCare Specialists dependant on glasses and contacts and the moment my LASIK procedure was complete I noticed a difference."
According to Amy, previously an anchor for KFVS12, there's only one surgeon to consider!
"Even though LASIK is becoming more common and available in more offices, my eyesight is way too precious to gamble with. I thoroughly researched the physicians offering the procedure, and only one came out on top in every way: Dr. Shawn Parker."
Erik Sean, sports caster for ESPN radio, feels LASIK improved his ability to perform his job!
"There's a long list of day-to-day tasks that are made easier from having my LASIK procedure, but the most exciting result from LASIK is my ability to broadcast games more effectively. My play by play could suffer at times when I couldn't see the flight of a baseball or numbers on a jersey. Since I am no longer at the mercy of contacts or glasses, I am always confident that I won't miss a second of the action. I recommend Dr. Shawn Parker to everyone, especially game officials!"
After depending on contacts and glasses for 32 years for her -9.00 prescription, Dawn Marie formerly of K103, trusted Dr. Parker for her LASIK procedure!!
"There is only one person in my mind that I can trust to my eyesight, and that is Dr. Shawn Parker! LASIK was brand new to me and I was hesitant for the procedure. The first time I met Dr. Parker, he made me feel like family and assured me LASIK will be one of the best things I have ever done. He was so right- I love my new eyesight and Dr. Shawn Parker and EyeCare Specialists are the ones I trust!"
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What is a corneal and refractive specialist?
While ophthalmologists are trained to care for all eye problems and conditions, subspecialists obtain additional knowledge and training in a specific area of medical or surgical eye care. One to two years of additional, more in-depth training, called a fellowship, in one of the main subspecialty areas such as glaucoma, retina, cornea, pediatrics, neurology, and plastic surgery, is required. This added training and knowledge prepares an ophthalmologist to take care of more complex or specific conditions in certain areas of the eye or in certain groups of patients. Dr. Parker's subspecialty is corneal and refractive surgery.
What is Dr. Parker's medical training?
After his undergraduate training at the University of Louisville, where he served as chief resident in ophthalmology, Dr. Parker pursued his subspecialty training at Corneal Consultants of Indiana. Through his association with Corneal Consultants, Dr. Parker was a sub-investigator in clinical trials involving vision correction with the LASIK procedure. In addition, Dr. Parker has coauthored medical journal articles about vision correction and corneal surgical procedures. He has served as an instructor at national ophthalmology meetings and is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and a diplomate of the National Board of Medical Examiners.
How successful are Dr. Parker's LASIK procedures?
Sometimes a second surgery, called a retreatment, may be needed to "tweak" or fine tune your vision within one to two years of the original procedure. This is more likely for people who were more nearsighted, farsighted, or had higher astigmatism before LASIK — those whose vision originally needed more extensive correction.
Depending on your source, when a retreatment is indicated and the national percentage of patients requiring a retreatment can greatly vary. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, approximately 10.5% of LASIK patients in the United States require a retreatment. We track our patient's outcomes very closely. Dr. Parker's retreatment rate over a 5-year period is less than 3%. His overall retreatment rate over the 17+ years he has performed LASIK is less than 5%, well below national average.
What factors should be considered when choosing a LASIK surgeon?
Choosing a LASIK surgeon is the most important aspect of the LASIK procedure process! LASIK is a safe and effective procedure when performed by an experienced LASIK surgeon on good candidates. A LASIK facility should be able to tell you the results of the surgeon and on how many eyes he or she has performed the procedure. Make sure you are getting the results of the surgeon and not the practice as a whole. Ask questions such as:
- How involved is the surgeon in the procedure process?
- Who will be taking your measurements and developing your treatment plan?
- Is the surgeon a general ophthalmologist or a specialist?
- How long has the surgeon been established with the practice?
- Is the surgeon board certified?
At some LASIK centers, you don't meet the surgeon until committing to the procedure or sometimes, not until the day of the procedure.
Sometimes an optometrist or even a tech takes the measurements for the treatment plan.
General ophthalmologists performing LASIK have often taken a weekend certification course to become eligible to perform LASIK.
In the uncommon instance you need an enhancement several years after your original LASIK procedure, you want to know your surgeon will most likely be there for your care.
Board-certified surgeons are required to complete specific training and continuing education related to his or her specialty.
Do I need a referral to make a for a consultation with Dr. Parker?
With the resources available today, we often don't even buy a phone app without checking out reviews. A LASIK surgeon should not be any different! Although you do not need a referral to make an appointment with Dr. Parker, we encourage you to talk with your regular eye doctor and ask who they recommend. Ask around at work and check with your friends and family, you would be surprised how many people you know have had the LASIK procedure, and how many had the procedure by Dr. Parker. View testimonials from past patients or follow EyeCare Specialists on Facebook and find out what former patients have to say about Dr. Parker!
Dr. Parker is involved with your LASIK procedure from your very first visit! To make an appointment for a free consultation with Dr. Parker, call our patient care professionals, Kim or Katie, at 866 DR LASIK (375-2745).