Cataract Surgery Doctor Reviews
If you have trouble reading or difficulty with night vision, you may have a cataract. Should you look for reviews of surgeons on the Internet? Are there other ways to find the best doctor for your cataract surgery?
Elmquist Eye Group has served the residents of Fort Myers, Cape Coral, and Southwest Florida for more than two decades. E. Trevor Elmquist, DO, managing partner Kate Wagner, OD, and associates Sarah Eccles-Brown, MD and Nina Burt, OD, provide comprehensive eye exams and diagnosis and treatment of presbyopia, myopia, hyperopia, cataracts, glaucoma, diabetic eye disease, macular degeneration, dry eyes and other eye conditions.
Reviews Can Be Interesting, But…
The majority of the online reviews of optometrists, ophthalmologists, eye surgeons, and other types of doctors talk about topics like appointment waiting times, parking convenience, and friendliness of office staff. Though these things are important, they don’t tell the whole story.
It can be nearly impossible for most patients to evaluate (or review) a cataract surgeon’s skills, training and expertise. Yet these are some of the most important factors to consider as you try to find a surgeon to take the best possible care of your vision.
Some review sites are nothing more than disguised advertising. Doctors, automobile dealers, college professors, tax accountants, retail stores, restaurants, and others can often pay to be listed or pay for false reviews.
Who Can You Trust?
To really know whether a cataract surgeon is a good fit for you takes time and research. Here are some reliable places to start.
- Ask for recommendations from people you trust. Your primary doctor, internist, optometrist, and colleagues and friends who have had cataract surgery can be excellent sources of information. These recommendations will be far more valuable than the reviews and ratings you find on the Internet.
- Check Angie’s List. Angie’s List does not accept anonymous reviews, and members are held accountable for the accuracy of their reviews. Elmquist Eye Group has been listed at Angie’s List since 2008, has maintained an “A” rating, and earned their coveted Super Service Award. We are one of few Southwest Florida ophthalmology and optometry companies to perform well enough to earn this Award.
- Check the surgeon’s license in your state. Elmquist is licensed by the Florida Board of Osteopathic Medicine, and Dr. Eccles-Brown is licensed as a Medical Doctor by the Florida Board of Medicine. You can confirm the information with a visit to the Florida Department of Health’s website.
- Research the surgeon’s credentials. If your cataract surgeon claims to be a board certified ophthalmologist, take the time to verify it with the Certification Matters website operated by the American Board of Medical Specialties. Dr. Eccles-Brown is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
- Meet the surgeon. Schedule an appointment to talk to the doctor about your eyesight and your cataract surgery. Make sure you feel comfortable with how the doctor listens to your concerns and answers your questions.
Don’t be deceived by online reviews as you look for the best doctor for your cataract surgery. Instead, use reliable resources to find someone who is highly qualified. Elmquist Eye Group takes great pride in providing patients with personalized care and comprehensive services. To schedule an appointment, call us today at (239) 936-2020.