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Alaska

Dr. Steven Dobson, OD
Dimond Vision Clinic, 1000 E Dimond Blvd Ste 101, Anchorage, AK 99515
(907) 349-6932   |   http://dimondvisionclinic.com/
It’s our mission to improve your quality of life by providing the finest vision care for patients of all ages. At Dimond Vision Clinic, you’ll never find a cookie cutter approach. Every patient is unique, as so are their eye care needs. We can tailor your prescription to meet the demands of your daily lifestyle so that you’re comfortable, look great, and see well. Dr. Dobson studied optometry at Southern California College of Optometry, after which he completed his residency in low vision rehabilitative optometry at Veteran’s Medical Center in Los Angeles, California. He founded Dimond Vision Clinic in 1981. Dr. Dobson is a past president of the Alaska State Board of Examiners in Optometry and an Alaska State Professional Committee Representative for VSP.

California

Michael A. Kling, O.D.
Invision Optometry, 3434 4th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103
619.222.2020   |   http://www.invisioncare.com
Dr. Michael A. Kling is president and CEO of Invision Optometry. Founded almost 20 years ago, Dr. Kling’s drive and passion has created one of the most successful eye care practices in southern California. Dr. Kling graduated with honors from the Southern College of Optometry in 1993. Following graduation, he completed residency training in Ocular Disease and Pathology at the Omega Eye Care Center in Jackson, TN. In 2000, Dr. Kling was named “Young Optometrist of the Year” by the California Optometric Association (COA). Dr. Kling is a member of the American Optometric Association (AOA), the California Optometric Association (COA) and is a past president of the San Diego County Optometric Society (SDCOS). In addition to private practice, Dr. Kling frequently consults and speaks for Impact Leadership, a practice management consulting company he founded for eye care professionals. In his free time, Dr. Kling enjoys running, cycling, and playing guitar in his rock band, Backstage Pass. He and his wife Jennifer, have two children, Robert and Ryan. See detailed San Diego Eye Doctor listing.
Dr. Greg Evans
Evans Eye Care Optometry , 71956 Magnesia Falls, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
(760) 674-8806   |   http://www.evanseyecare.com/
Evans Eye Care Optometry is a medical eye care practice in Rancho Mirage. We are a Tear Lab Dry Eye Center of Excellence and provide diagnosis and management of dry eye. We offer advanced diagnostic testing for dry eye including eyelid closure function, tear osmolarity, tear lipid density, meibomian gland function and bio markers for inflammation related to dry eye. Treatment includes many options including lipiflow (a treatment to improve meibomian gland function), punctal plugs, topical prescription medications, external eye lid weights, continuous release moisture inserts, autologous serum, compounded pharmaceuticals and oral secretories. We also do systemic testing for Sjogrens Syndrome.
Nikolas London
Nikolas J.S. London, M.D., M.S., M.S.
Retina Consultants San Diego, 9850 Genesee Ave Ste 700 , La Jolla, CA 92037
(858) 558-9666   |   http://www.retinaconsultantssd.com/
Dr. London joined Retina Consultants San Diego in August of 2012 after graduating from one of the most prestigious surgical training programs in the country at the Wills Eye Institute in Philadelphia. He completed his undergraduate training at UCLA, obtained master's degrees at both UCLA and Case Western Reserve University, and completed his medical training at Case Western Reserve University. He completed his Ophthalmology residency at the historic California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, and a two-year vitreoretinal surgery fellowship at the Wills Eye Institute. Dr. London is committed to helping his patients see better - by bringing the latest, cutting-edge techniques and therapies as well as advancing the field through his own research.

Florida

Phillip Haiman
Phillip Haiman, O.D.
Sunrise Eye Care, 12555 W Sunrise Blvd, Sunrise, FL 33323
(954) 845-0665   |   http://www.sunriseeyecare.com/
Dr. Haiman graduated with honors from Indiana University School of Optometry in 1999. He subsequently completed his residency at the Boston Veterans Administration which specialized in diseases of the eye such as glaucoma, macular degeneration and cataracts. After residency he worked at New England Eye Center – one of our Country’s top 5 Ophthalmology Centers, in the position as Director of Optometry. This referral site gave him advanced experience in glaucoma, cornea diseases and hard-to-fit contact lenses. He relocated back to his home state of Florida in 2002.

New Jersey

Niki A. Silverstein, MD
Niki Silverstein Eye MD, LLC, 408 Main Street, Chester, NJ 07930
908-879-7297   |   http://www.silversteineye.com/
Dr. Niki Silverstein is a board-certified ophthalmologist in Chester NJ (near Morristown NJ). She is recognized by peers and patients for her passion and excellence in advancing the newest technology for the treatment and management of eye conditions, and state-of-the-art surgery.

Washington

Paul S. Jensen, O.D.
Renton Vision Source, 112 Pelly Ave. N. Renton , Renton, WA 98057
(425) 255-2020   |   http://visionsource-rentonvision.com/
Dr. Paul S. Jensen is nationally known researcher, speaker, and author in the field of dry eye disease. His practice, Northwest Dry Eye Center is a site for patient care, doctor training, and investigating new and innovative procedures. Dr. Jensen brings these skills to his true passion, solving difficult dry eye problems and caring for patients. He is a Seattle native and a graduate of the University of Washington and University of California, Berkeley School of Optometry.

How to Choose Best Eye Doctor

Selecting a good eye doctor is just as critical as choosing a good physician. Your eyes obviously are your window to the world and they also reveal much about your overall health. Your eyes are so important to your daily life, it only is logical that you select a good eye doctor and spend a good amount of time doing it.

Most of us eventually will need to use glasses or will have some type of eye problem. The most common are nearsightedness and farsightedness, and you will need to be seen by an eye doctor of some type to get a prescription for glasses and/or contact lenses.

Below are key things to remember when looking for an eye doctor:

#1 Choose Eye Doctor Type

There are two basic types of eye doctors:

  • Optometrists
  • Ophthalmologists

Optometrists have the training to treat some types of eye disease, prescribe drugs, and do not do surgery on the eyes. To be an optometrist, you need to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in a science field and spend four years at optometry school.

Ophthalmologists treat every type of eye disease, prescribe drugs, and do eye surgeries. To be an ophthalmologist, you need to attend college for four years, go to medical school for four years, and then be in a residency program for four years.

Some ophthalmologists may spend several years after residency in a sub speciality, which would require more years of residency.

If you are looking for routine eye care, you should be fine with an optometrist. If you have eye diseases of some kind, an ophthalmologist could be better. Remember that an ophthalmologist will charge a higher rate.

#2 Which Type Is Best for You?

Whether you go to an optometrist or an ophthalmologist depends upon the type of care you need from your eye doctor. If you just need a general eye examination and glasses and/or contact lenses, you can go to either an ophthalmologist or an optometrist.

However, if you have an eye disease, you could prefer to go to an ophthalmologist  for your ongoing care needs. Also, if you want to have eye surgery performed of any kind, you need to be seen by an ophthalmologist.

If you are just seeking new corrective lenses, you normally could see either type of eye doctor.

#3 Availability of Eye Doctor

A major factor about choosing an eye doctor is what their hours and availability are. Does the practice have long daytime hours? What about weekends and evenings? You do not want to have to wait a long time to get an appoint to see an eye doctor.

However, if you need to manage an eye disease, you will normally need to see your ophthalmologist and they rarely have evening and weekend hours.

#4 Find Out About Insurance

Most people want to select an eye doctor that their health insurance covers. You should call the eye doctor to see if his or her office takes your health insurance. This can save you quite a bit of money if you ever do need to have something other than a routine eye exam.

#5 Get Referrals

There are many ways that you can get referrals for a good eye doctor:

  • Ask family and friends if they have an eye doctor that they have seen for years that they are happy with.
  • Talk to your doctor or medical care provider to see if they can refer you to a quality eye doctor.
  • Call the ophthalmology department at a hospital or university medical center to see who they recommend
  • Contact a state or county association for eye doctors in your area. They may have a list of good eye doctors. Some of them may have detailed information about each eye doctor’s specialities and level of experience.
  • You can check with the American Academy of Ophthalmology, which offers a handy doctor locator that is useful for finding eye doctors in certain areas – aoa.org.
  • The American Academy of Ophthalmology has a detailed list of ophthalmologists who are registered with their organization – aao.org.
  • The Consumer’s Guide to Top Doctors has a listing of many types of doctors and health care specialists. It lists the doctors who are most often mentioned in doctor surveys.

#6 Check for Disciplinary Actions

It is important to verify if any malpractice actions have been taken against a doctor. You can use the site DocFinder to find links to all of the medical licensing boards for most states.

#7 Check Certification

Any practicing eye doctor should have certification through an accredited medical organization, and should have a current license to work in your state. Ask where the doctor earned his degree and if he is board certified.

Also, you should check to see how many years he has been in practice, as well as any specialties he has. For example, if you are a glaucoma patient, you would want to work with an ophthalmologist who is experienced working with this disease.

#8 How Do You Know You Chose Well?

After you go through the above steps and you have seen an eye doctor, ask if you are totally satisfied with the care and service. Were all concerns and questions you had fully answered? If not, you probably should continue to look for another eye doctor.

You should look for a doctor who you are sure is doing a complete check of your eye health. Not even a routine examination should take only five minutes. You need an eye doctor who is thorough and patient, and is ensuring that your eyes are healthy and free of disease.

Overall, it is important to do your homework when you are selecting a good eye doctor. Most people have healthy eyes, but if a problem arises, things can go downhill rapidly. So it is key to have a good eye doctor who is skilled, has time available to see you, and is strongly detail oriented and patient.