How to Choose an Optometrist?

Updated on July 3, 2020
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Are you having problems with your eyesight at the moment and need to have them looked at by a professional? Fortunately, it is not too hard to find a specialist in this field, as there are reckoned to be around 4,600 optometrists practicing across Canada. Just because there are that many out there, doesn’t mean they are all equal. You need to take care when choosing an optometrist, just as you do when choosing any other professional. 

How do you do that? What do you need to look out for? In the following post, we are going to discuss several of the most important factors you should consider when choosing an optometrist.

Understand the Difference Between Similar Professions

It’s not enough these days to simply look for an eye doctor. As both optometrists and ophthalmologists are both referred to as eye doctors. They have different names, though, because they are completely different specialists. While an optometrist is qualified to run tests and examinations on your eyes then write you up a prescription for glasses or lenses for your eyesight issues, ophthalmologists treat eye conditions and diseases. Therefore, make sure the eye doctor you are going to is the eye doctor you need.

Consider Their Prices

It goes without saying that you will have an available budget in mind when choosing an optometrist Winnipeg professional services. However, you wouldn’t want to cut corners and accept the lowest offer on the market just to save a few cents, as your eyesight and health is important.

Remember that you will always get what you pay for and always find out about the charges and fees associated with your appointments before you sign up for anything. That way you can avoid being stung later with a larger bill than you anticipated.

Visit Their Clinic

It’s a good idea to visit the optometry clinic of an eye doctor you are interested in going to. This will give you an idea of what the experience might be like and how up-to-date and modern their business is.

Get Recommendations and Use Online Reviews

The best way, as is the case with whatever professional you need to see, is to get recommendations from people you trust. Who in your normal social circle, whether its colleagues, relatives, or friends, who has lenses or glasses and visits eye doctors regularly? Ask them who they normally see and whether they think you might get on with them. 

It’s important though to bear in mind that everyone is very different, and while they may have had a good experience and that optometrist’s mannerisms and approach worked for them, it may not work for you. So, in addition to personal recommendations and referrals, it’s as well to check online reviews too.

You will find impartial reviews on Google and possibly even on optometrists’ websites. Look at both the negative and positive reviews to get a better idea of what you can expect.

Make Sure They Are Suitably Experienced and Qualified

You wouldn’t let an unqualified person work on your car, would you? So why would you let someone who doesn’t have the appropriate qualifications and certifications examine or test your eyes? As well as qualifications, though, you need to check that they have actual time spent experience in their field. 

Unless you are willing to be the guinea pig for a newly appointed optometrist, you can either check their website or ask them directly the kind of experience and qualifications they have under their belt.

What is Their Availability Like?

Can you imagine how stressful it may be if you needed to have a new glasses prescription sorted quickly, only to find that your optometrist was booked up for many weeks in advance? Therefore, it’s important to check their availability and although it’s generally a very good sign if they are incredibly busy because it means they are popular, you don’t want to be left waiting weeks and weeks before you can be seen.

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