How to choose the best eye doctor for me?
Different patients have many different reasons for choosing an eye doctor. How do you know who is the best eye doctor for you? Things to consider are the doctor’s experience in treating the conditions you have or are concerned about. It is important to review the eye doctor’s credentials. Are they a board certified eye doctor? Are they an ophthalmologist (medical doctor) or an optometrist? You want to know how long the doctor has been practicing and their years of experience in treating particular conditions.
If you are considering a surgical procedure such as cataract surgery, LASIK or EPI-LASEK you want to know how many of these procedures the doctor performs and how many years they have been doing this procedure.
Does the eye doctor have a good bedside manner? It is important that your eye doctor spends the appropriate time to examine your eyes and to answer all of your questions. Sometimes it is helpful to write down any questions before your appointment so you do not forget to ask a particular question.
You want to make sure that your ophthalmologist is board certified. It may be helpful to learn more about your doctor such as where they went to medical school and did their residency training. You can look for reviews for your doctor online also.
It is important to ensure the office staff is friendly and welcoming. You want to ensure they are willing to assist with any insurance or prescription issues. It is helpful to ask what days and hours the doctor is in the office and make sure it is convenient with your schedule.
You may want to ensure the office is close to your home or work. Does the doctor usually run on time? It is important to investigate how much time you can expect to wait for an average appointment.
Do you like your doctor?
It is important that you feel comfortable with your eye doctor and that they treat you with respect. You want to make sure they are willing to listen to and address all of your concerns. If you want to share how you choose the best eye doctor please leave a comment below.