If you’re experiencing eye problems or you’ve realized it’s been awhile since you’ve had your eyes checked, you might have recently asked Google to locate eye doctors in your area. While Google and other search engines are great tools for pulling up relevant information, it’s important to take a step beyond accepting first page results as the best results.
Here are a few tips that will help you find an eye doctor who is local and good at what they do:
Read what patients are saying about their eye doctor.
Online reviews and patient testimonials are good things to consider when looking for a new eye doctor. You probably already know what qualities you find most important in an eye surgical practice, so look for those keywords: professional, courteous, competent, helpful, etc.
Find out what your potential eye doctor specializes in.
All eye doctors have different specialties, so put some time into finding out what the eye doctor you intend to see specializes in. Most of the time, this information is posted on their practice’s website. If multiple eye doctors are a part of the same practice, look at the credentials of each one to determine which eye doctor meets your needs best.
Make an appointment & ask the right questions.
Scheduling an appointment and meeting your eye doctor of choice is best way to decide whether or not that eye doctor is right for you. For elective procedures like LASIK, many ophthalmology groups offer free consultations. Don’t be afraid to ask questions or ask your eye doctor to explain their reasoning for a recommendation. A good eye doctor will want you to make an informed decision concerning your eye health.