How to Choose an Eye Doctor

Do things look a little fuzzy these days? It's probably time to see an eye doctor.

If you've never been before, choosing one can be tricky. There are several kinds of eye care experts who specialize in different things.

How Do I Find One?

If you've never seen an eye doctor, you need to make sure you find a good one.

Talk to your doctor or pediatrician. She’ll have the names of eye specialists in your area. She may even have a sense of who would be a good fit for you or your children.

Ask family, friends, and co-workers. Think of everyone you know who wears glasses -- they all have eye doctors. Ask them.

Check with professional organizations. The American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Optometric Association have tools on their websites to help find eye doctors in your area.

After the Appointment

When you’re on the way home, ask yourself:

Did you have to wait a long time? If you did, you may want to ask the office staff about the average length of time before the doctor will see you.

Did the exam feel complete? If you felt rushed by the doctor, that's probably not a good sign.

Did he listen to your questions and answer them clearly? Good communication is key for your eye health.

Did you feel comfortable? This really is important. If you don't like the doctor, you'll be less likely to get checkups, and that isn’t good for your health.

If your first attempt didn't meet your expectations, don't be afraid to try someone else. Your eye health is key to a long, healthy life. It’s worth it to take the time to find a doctor you trust.

WebMD Medical Reference Reviewed by Alan Kozarsky, MD on September 13, 2015

Sources

SOURCES:

American Academy of Ophthalmology: "eyeSmart: Know Your Eyecare Team."

American Optometric Association: "Comprehensive Eye and Vision Examination."

Eye Surgery Education Council: "How to Choose a Surgeon."

Prevent Blindness America: "Who's Who in Eyecare?"

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