If you are in search of a new eye doctor you may feel overwhelmed. Most of us take our vision for granted so when you need to see a doctor suddenly you are unsure of where to start, who to see, and how to find the best doctor for your needs.
Ophthalmologist or Optometrist?
Next, you need to determine what type of eye doctor do you need. Do you just need an annual vision exam for new glasses and contacts? If that’s the case, you can probably just see an optometrist. An optometrist is an eye doctor, but they are not a medical doctor, so their focus is treating minor issues, ensuring your eye health is as great as possible, and correcting your vision with glasses or contacts when necessary. If there are more serious issues, they will refer to you a specialist.
Do you have underlying health conditions such as diabetes or thyroid that require more knowledge? Do you need eye surgery? Do you have a history of eye disease? If that’s the case, you might need to see an ophthalmologist who is a medical doctor and can not only conduct visual exams but also treat diseases of the eye and do eye surgeries. Additionally, ophthalmologists often have subspecialties that will allow you to choose an eye doctor who has a clear focus on the problems that you are dealing with.
Location, Location, Location
When you begin your search for the right eye care provider, keep your location in mind. You are more likely to maintain ongoing care if access to your provider is relatively convenient in terms of location. Of course, there are exceptions where specialists are concerned, but you can usually find a qualified provider who is somewhat close by.
Next, you will want to consider if an eye doctor takes your vision insurance if you have any. If you have vision insurance, your insurance provider can often provide you with a list of doctors or practices that accept it. If you have found a doctor that you would like to visit, you can always call their office and determine if they accept your insurance.
Find Your Eye Doctor Now
When you search the Best Vision Now directory you will find listings of eye doctors from all specialties located in and around your city. It’s a quick and simple search that will give you all of the information you need to contact a specialist and inquire about their services so you can receive the care you need.