Choosing an Eye Doctor

Are you looking for a new eye doctor and aren’t sure where to begin?  Just like choosing a family practitioner or any other type of medical professional, selecting a good eye care professional is very important.  The staff at Medical Eye Center in Medford believes the following qualities are important:

Recommended by family, friends or other physicians.  If you are new to the area, ask for a referral from a local physician or family doctor.  Local doctors know who to refer and who to avoid.  Also, ask friends and family who they go to and why they like them and the types of experiences they’ve had with them.  Listen closely to what they say.  If they don’t seem really happy, find someone else.

Accepts your insurance.  Try to find a provider who accepts your vision insurance.  If you do, you’re more likely to visit your practitioner regularly and keep your eyes healthy.

Strong credentials.  Are they a specialist?  Registered with the state medical board? Is the eye care professional you’re considering an ophthalmologist or optometrist?  Ophthalmologists are MDs.  They are doctors who can give you total eye care. They can do exams, test and treat eye diseases and perform surgery.  Optometrists are OD’s, which means that they have medical training but are not physicians or MDs. They can diagnose and treat many eye-related diseases and are more likely to focus on routine eye care and testing for glasses and contacts.

To schedule an eye exam, please contact Medical Eye Center in Medford at 541-779-4711 or www.medicaleyecenter.com.