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Tips for Choosing an Eye Doctor

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There are many reasons for choosing a new eye doctor—you may have recently moved to a new location, or you may have gone many years without seeing an ophthalmologist. Figuring out where to begin your search may seem overwhelming, but there are a few methods you can use to make sure you choose the right doctor for you. Continue reading to discover a few tips for choosing an eye doctor.

Look for Recommendations

When it comes to choosing an eye doctor, narrow down your search by asking around for recommendations. You can talk to your family and friends to gain an insider perspective on their personal eye doctors, or you can utilize the websites of professional eye care organizations. You can also talk to your primary care physician, who will be able to recommend a high-quality eye doctor in your area; your primary care physician might also be able to point you in the direction of an eye doctor who would be best for your particular needs.

Ask the Right Questions

Once you meet with an eye doctor, be mindful of the questions you ask. Find out about his or her specialties and professional history, and ask whether the doctor is an ophthalmologist or an optometrist. Also look into the compatibility of the new eye doctor and your insurance. Find out how long the doctor has been practicing to get a sense of his or her experience in the field.

Evaluate Your Options Carefully

After you meet with any eye doctor, evaluate your experience. Think about how comfortable you felt and whether the doctor was thorough and attentive. Consider how long you had to wait before seeing the doctor and whether your questions were answered by the end of the visit.

If you live in New York City, choose Dr. Mark Hornfeld. At our NYC ophthalmologist’s office, we offer glaucoma and cataract treatment, as well as LASIK surgery. If you would like to know more about Dr. Hornfeld or the services we provide, you can visit our website or call (646) 681-3100.