Some important tips to remember when selecting which Eye Doctor will be the best for your specific needs.
1. Find a doctor focused on Patient Satisfaction. The measure of any doctor is in how well he or she treats a patient.
2. Find a doctor respected within the industry. Industry references, from fellow doctors or from professional associations are vital. For example, check to see if the doctor is a diplomat of the American Board of Ophthalmology, a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, or a fellow of the International College of Surgeons. In addition, check to see if he or she is recognized by any of the numerous other professional organizations.
3. Find an Eye Doctor whose office is filled with state of the art technology. You need a doctor who is not only talented, but a doctor who utilizes the best technology to get the best results. This includes technology that measures your eye, tests for different ailments and more.
4. Find a doctor with quality references. You want a doctor who has more than just a list of satisfied patients, but a doctor with patients who were so satisfied they will go out of their way to recommend that doctor to others. It is important to use good judgment regarding online reviews.
5. Review the objective information about a doctor’s biography on his or her website and elsewhere such as professional education, research, teaching, and publications. This information is very critical since it talks a volume about an Eye Doctor.
6. Find a doctor wit a quality support staff. Doctors only have two hands. They need to have quality staff members who can all the small things a doctor does not have the time or the ability to do while working on you. For an Ophthalmologist, this means people to help you make selections about frames, to help you while the doctor is with other patients and so forth.
Most importantly, find a doctor who pays attention to your specific needs and can make you feel comfortable. This includes the atmosphere of their clinic, the personalities of the attendants, the doctor’s “bedside manner” and more. Ultimately you will be the most important judge once you meet the doctor and his/her staff and visit his/her office.
You’ll want to find a doctor who is either affiliated with or recognized by any of the following organizations:
- American Board of Ophthalmology
- Medical Board of California
- California Medical Association
- American College of Surgeons
- International College of Surgeons
- Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
- Santa Clara County Medical Association
- Peninsula Eye Society
There are also state and regional Ophthalmology associates, whether you are in New York, Texas or Florida. Some of this might seem like a “no brainer” but people often choose whichever Eye doctor is close to them, instead of the doctor who can best help them.