March Q & A with Refractive Surgeon Dr. James J. Salz


talks to Haute MD about the values his practice practices.

  • What is your approach to customer satisfaction?

The customer is always right, even when you are sure they are wrong.

  • What characteristics separate a great doctor from a good one?

A great doctor has patience with patients.

  • How do you keep abreast of the latest advances and techniques in LASIK/opthomologic medicine?

I love our specialty and the explosion of technology. I keep up by staying on the cutting edge with new procedures like Femtosecond assisted cataract surgery, reading journals and attending annual meetings.

  • How should patients prepare for a LASIK procedure?

By doing their homework and selecting a properly trained and experienced surgeon. They will have nothing to worry about on the day of surgery so they can be relaxed and enjoy the experience.

  • What new projects are you working on?

Two FDA studies, one on a new way of correcting mild farsightedness and reading problems with a fiber optic laser system involving no flaps or ablations of tissue, and the other is a study using a new type of flexible anterior chamber implant to correct high myopia.

  • Tell us about your favorite hobby?

I love teaching my grandchildren to ski and play golf. I had a good year with ski trips to Park City, Vail and locally, Big Bear Lake (only 2 hours from Los Angeles).

Dr. James J. Salz, M.D, has over 27 years of experience in corneal refractive surgery and has been honored with the Barraquer Award and a Lifetime Achievement award by the International Society of Refractive Surgery of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. These are the top international honors that are awarded to eye surgeons for their contributions to the field of refractive surgery. Dr. James Salz has been and still is one of the principal investigators for the FDA trials involving the use of lasers to successfully and safely correct most vision problems. They offer alternative strategies to shaming children into behaving that better support a positive learning atmosphere