Position: Medical Director Years with practice: 15
Expertise: Cosmetic Surgery of the Eyelids
Adult Eye Alignment
Board Certified With: American Board of Ophthalmology
Education: Memphis University School, Rhodes College, University of Tennessee School of Medicine
Residency: Wills Eye Hospital, Philadelphia, PA, 1993-1996
Fellowship: Indiana University, Indianapolis, IN, 1996-1997
Professional Memberships: American College of Surgeons
American Academy of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus
How does your care philosophy affect Visionary Eye Care? I see each interaction with a patient as an opportunity to make a positive difference in his or her life. Because this ideal is very important to me, I make a point of stressing it to the supporting staff that works at Visionary Eye Care. Individuals that come to us for care and healing will feel the difference this philosophy makes.
What has been your proudest moment at Visionary Eye Care? I recall a 16-year-old girl that came to me seeking help with her eyes. Though she had cerebral palsy and used a walker to get around, she was most sensitive about her eyes, which were turned inward. She had gone her whole life with crossed eyes, but she wanted me to correct the crossing. I performed her surgery, and it was successful. She returned to the office one week after surgery for a check. After I had looked at her eyes, I noticed that she was smiling broadly. I could tell that her entire energy had changed: she was more confident, and was looking me in the eyes. I asked her why she was so happy, and she and her mother proudly told me that she was going on her first date that night! I felt, in my heart, that I had made a difference in this person's life.
How do you see your role as part of the VEC team? I provide the vision for the practice. My team members are the ones who do the tough work of implementing my ideas. I keep them on task and nudge things back into place when we get a bit off track.
What do you like to do outside the office? My extracurricular passion is astronomy. I have loved astronomy since I was 8 years old, but gave it up for years when medical school and residency became my primary focus. But when Comet Hale-Bopp was discovered in 1996, I took astronomy up again, and I continue to enjoy it today. There is nothing that centers me like gazing at a nebula or galaxy late at night through one of my scopes. It gives me a sense of perspective that I take with me to work and in my daily interactions with people. I keep two of my treasured telescopes in my office to remind me of what is important in life. In a similar way, my third-world medical mission trips keep me focused on what matters. It is very easy to get jaded in the medical community these days, with insurance companies and lawyers interfering with the relationship between doctors and their patients. When I go on a trip to the third world, whether it be Peru, the Philippines, Mexico, or Asia, there is one commonality: the emphasis is on healing. It is a pure, effective way to practice medicine, and I love experiencing it. When I return from one of these trips, I carry with me the lessons I have learned. I remember what the important parts of being a doctor are.
Is there a particular life experience, observation, or skill that allow you to perform your job at a higher level? I use meditation and visualization on a daily basis to make myself a better doctor and person.
One thing that people may be surprised to learn about you: I have an artistic side to me. I love to paint, and I play the drums.
We are so pleased with the outcome of the surgery and are convinced that we made the right decision for our young son. We are certain that by doing this procedure now, we have helped pave a healthier, more productive life for him. Dr. Hidaji demonstrated extreme care, confidence and attentiveness during the procedure and we were pleased with the regularity of the follow-up visits to ensure our son’s healing progressed.
-Joseph "Tate" Moen
My experience was great. I was very happy with the entire process. The desire to have a healthy lifestyle and look better was there, but I was lacking motivation to start. With these improvements, it gave me a head start and more commitment to keep going with the improvements I wanted for myself. I have been able to stay on track eating healthier and exercising. I now feel more confident about the way I look, energetic and happier.
Before the surgery, Dr Hidaji was thorough and explained the procedure and what to expect in the up-coming months. During the surgery, Dr Hidaji would explain what he was doing. He was very concerned of my comfort level and asked often how I was doing. I am very glad I made the decision to have the laser tight procedure done with no regrets. In my opinion Dr Hidaji and his staff nailed it.
The experience with Dr. Hidaji and his staff was wonderful. All my questions were answered and my mind was put at ease. The procedure was relatively painless and easy and well worth it! My vision is so much better. Brighter. No shadows.
Why trust your eyes to anyone other than a board certified eye surgeon?
At Visionary Eye Care, Dr. F. Fred Hidaji provides skillful, meticulous cosmetic eyelid surgery (also called blepharoplasty or eyelid lift). Our aesthetic services include botox injections, filter applications (Juvederm, Restylane, Radiesse), and rejuvenating facial peels)
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