El Paso's leader in laser vision surgery.
Feel comfortable with your physician
Choosing to have laser vision correction is a very personal decision. It’s important that you trust your surgeon to treat you and your eyes well. You should have the opportunity to meet your doctor before you have surgery. Make sure that you feel comfortable with your doctor and with the answers he or she gives to your questions. Do not rush your decision. Laser vision correction is an elective procedure and you shouldn’t feel pressured to have surgery or to have the procedure with a surgeon that you don’t know or trust.
Is your physician providing all of your care?
It’s important to know if your doctor is going to be doing your pre- and postoperative care. Is your surgeon located locally and will you be able to see him or her urgently if you think you’re experiencing a problem?
Experience and training
As with many things in life it is important that your surgeon have good training and experience in performing laser vision correction. Did your surgeon have residency or fellowship training in performing the procedure? How many years has your surgeon been performing laser vision correction? Is your surgeon keeping up with the changes as the technology evolves?
What technology is your surgeon using?
Become familiar with some of the technology that is used in laser vision correction. Make sure that your surgeon uses an FDA approved laser (or a laser with an FDA exemption) for the LASIK procedure. Your physician should be using wavefront technology in your treatment or at the very least in the assessment of your eyes.
Pricing and guarantees
Do not base your decision on price alone. Deals that sound too good to be true may have hidden fees or uncovered services. Low cost providers often depend on high patient volumes to make a profit. You want to ensure that your surgeon takes the time to carefully plan your treatment and to follow you as your eyes heal.
No physician can guarantee the outcome of any surgery. Although laser vision correction surgery is very reliable no one can honestly promise you that your surgery will be problem free.
Our purpose is to provide you with the safest and most current technology and treatments available.
We are the only practice in El Paso using the Intralase IFS laser to perform blade-free iLASIK, all laser corneal transplantation and Intacs placement. We use the latest technique in small incision cataract surgery combined with topical anesthesia.
The combination means safer surgery and rarely a need to stop anticoagulant medications. Our patients have the option to choose from among any of the advanced technology lens implants to reduce dependency on glasses after cataract surgery.
Michael W. Foote, M.D. is a board certified ophthalmologist providing comprehensive eye care for patients over the age of 13. He is originally from El Paso and returned in 2002 to begin his practice in ophthalmology. He provides comprehensive eye care including laser vision correction, cataract and glaucoma surgery, cornea and eyelid procedures as well as contact lens fitting.
Dr. Foote is a third generation physician. He has participated in medical missions in Guatemala and Mexico. His interests outside of medicine include golf, snow and water skiing, tennis and triathlons.
Salwa Khan O.D., is a board certified Optometrist providing primary eye care and specialty contact lens fitting for adults. She earned a bachelors of science from the University of Houston in Nutritional Sciences and then received her Doctorate of Optometry from University of Houston as well. She went on to complete a residency in primary care with an emphasis on ocular disease at the Michael Debakey VA Medical Center in Houston. Her residency training also included managing patients with glaucoma, macular degeneration as well as TBI, low vision rehabilitation, and specialty contact lens fitting.
Dr.Khan is a native of Texas. She is a member of the Texas Optometric Association and American Optometric Association. She enjoys painting, reading a good book and photography in her free time.
Dr. John Hatchett was born and raised in Oklahoma. He did his undergraduate work at Oklahoma University and received his Medical Degree from Oklahoma University School of Medicine. His rotating internship was completed at University of Missouri at Kansas City and his residency in ophthalmology was done at University of Rochester.
He served two years of military service in the Navy; first year as a battalion surgeon with the 1st Marine Division in Vietnam and was awarded the bronze star. The second year was spent as a general medical officer at Corpus Christi Naval Air Station Hospital in Corpus Christi, TX.
Dr. Hatchett is board certified in ophthalmology and has spent his entire career in the private practice of ophthalmology in El Paso until joining Sun Eye Care in 2012.
He is a past president of the El Paso Chapter of the American Cancer Society. He was a founder of the Man to Man Prostate Cancer Support Group and served as its facilitator for the first 10 years of its existence. He was honored with the Sword of Hope from the American Cancer Society.
He is a long time member of the El Paso County Medical Society’s Physician Health and Rehabilitation Committee.
Outside interests include gardening, music (plays classical piano), cooking, travel, furthering his education and volunteer work.
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