The importance of choosing the right eye doctor
Are you at a point where things are starting to look a little fuzzy? Is your vision simply not what it used to be? Are you getting frequent headaches or finding that reading a book is becoming a bit more difficult? If your answer to any or all of these questions is yes, it might be time to start looking into scheduling an appointment with an eye doctor.
The fact is, if you’ve never been to an eye doctor, choosing one can be tricky. There are all sorts of eye care experts who have different specialties. This is why choosing the eye doctor that's right for you is so important. These medical professionals take care of one of your most critical senses: your sight.
Our team hopes to become your eye-care provider. But before you decide whether to commit to a specific office, you should be aware of the factors that guide whether an eye doctor is a good fit for you. Here are some tips for finding a specialist who can help you and your family take good care of your precious sight.
Which is the right eye doctor for you?
Your first question is likely: How do I find the right doctor? The initial step you take should be to look in places that are familiar to you.
Do you have a family physician or pediatrician? Many times, finding a good eye doctor is all about getting a referral. A physician with whom you are familiar will often be able to point you in the right direction. You should be able to trust their judgment because they have a good sense of what kind of doctor would best fit you and your family.
You can also consult with family, friends and co-workers. Consider this: a lot of people you know probably wear glasses! If they do, chances are good they have an eye doctor. The easiest option is to ask them who they trust and whether their doctor is someone they would recommend seeing.
Also consider professional organizations that exists to inform and educate you about qualified medical professionals. Whether you look to the American Academy of Ophthalmology or the American Optometric Association, there are web-based tools available that can assist you in finding the right doctor.
Conduct a post-appointment analysis
Whether you have become a patient of ours or of another doctor, we recommend conducting a post-visit analysis. After you’ve left the clinic, ask yourself a series of critical questions:
- Did I have to wait a long time for my appointment?
- Did I feel a connection with my new doctor?
- Did my doctor answer my questions clearly and effectively?
- Did I feel comfortable in the office? Were staff members friendly?
If you don’t like the doctor and medical team you are working with, that’s a problem. At best, you’ll be far less likely to get a checkup on a regular basis. At worst, you might even be afraid to schedule an appointment to address an eye issue.
Never be afraid to try a new doctor or ask for other recommendations. You can even consult professional reviews online, go back to your original sources, or ask someone you didn't consult previously.
Your eye health is important. It represents an essential key to living a long and healthy life. Ensuring you find someone who puts your eye health first and makes you feel comfortable about your visit is of the utmost importance. At Cataract & Lasik Center of Utah, we would welcome the opportunity to become your premier eye doctor in Draper Utah. Follow the guidelines we've shared here and see if our office might be a great fit for you and your family.