Finding an Eye Care Specialist

July 13, 2009 4:36 pm

There are many ways to find an eye doctor: You can ask family members and friends about theirs, ask your primary-care doctor to recommend one, or contact the department of ophthalmology or optometry at a nearby hospital. If applicable, contact your health insurance provider to find out if it has a list of eye care professionals covered by your plan. The following resources may also help guide your search.

FIND AN EYE M.D.
www.aao.org/aao/find_eyemd.cfm[1]
This Web site, from the American Academy of Ophthalmology, can help you find an ophthalmologist in your area; it also includes a section of tips for choosing one.

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AMERICAN OPTOMETRIC ASSOCIATION DR. LOCATOR
www.aoa.org/x5428.xml[2]
You can locate an optometrist in your area who belongs to the Association on this Web site.

LOCATE AN ISRS DOCTOR
www.aao.org/isrs/find_eye_md.cfm[3]
This site, also from the American Academy of Ophthalmology, provides a worldwide directory of doctors who perform laser vision correction and other forms of surgery to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and related problems.

AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF EYE AND EAR CENTERS
www.aaeece.org/locations.aspx[4]
The facilities listed on this Web site are considered some of the world’s best centers for specialized eye and ear procedures.

DOCFINDER
www.docboard.org/docfinder.html[5]
This site, from Administrators in Medicine and the Association of State Medical Board Executive Directors, lets users find out about doctors’ credentials and whether any malpractice actions have been taken against them.

AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION DOCTORFINDER
https://extapps.ama-assn.org/doctorfinder/[6]
On this Web site you can search for an ophthalmologist who is a member of the American Medical Association.

Endnotes:
  1. www.aao.org/aao/find_eyemd.cfm: http://www.aao.org/aao/find_eyemd.cfm
  2. www.aoa.org/x5428.xml: http://www.aoa.org/x5428.xml
  3. www.aao.org/isrs/find_eye_md.cfm: http://www.aao.org/isrs/find_eye_md.cfm
  4. www.aaeece.org/locations.aspx: http://www.aaeece.org/locations.aspx
  5. www.docboard.org/docfinder.html: http://www.docboard.org/docfinder.html
  6. https://extapps.ama-assn.org/doctorfinder/: https://extapps.ama-assn.org/doctorfinder/

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