Often patients go online searching for the “best”, “number one”, “top ranked”, “top rated”, “superior” this or that. When searching for the best eye doctor in Las Vegas, it is helpful to focus your search on the kind of eye doctor that can best meet your needs. There are really three areas of care:
Even if you “just” want a new pair of contact lenses or eyeglasses in Las Vegas, you should still take the time and shoulder the expense of a through eye exam.
There are many elements to a complete eye exam. The exam starts by the staff obtaining a history (ocular and medical, and family).
The best Ophthalmologist in Las Vegas is the doctor that can provide a through exam and diagnose your condition and come up with a solution that addresses your concerns in a safe and effective manner.
There are literally hundreds of conditions that can affect the eyes and with a through exam the best ophthalmologist can diagnose your condition and come up with a solution.
Even the best eye doctor doesn’t know everything and often it is necessary for even the best Ophthalmologist to consult a specialist. A general or comprehensive ophthalmologist can diagnose and treat a wide variety of conditions. When the general Optometrist or Ophthalmologist are unable or unwilling to put the time, energy, and resources into finding the solution,
they may employ the skills of a specialist. The specialist typically has similar training as the general ophthalmologist with an additional 1-2 years of advanced training if either Cornea, Retina, Oculoplastics, Neuroophthalmology, Uveitis, Glaucoma, or Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus. The best ophthalmologist knows his or her limitations and knows when and who to refer his patient to optimize the chance of the best solution. Many conditions don’t require the expertise of a specialist and sometimes even with the referral, the specialist is unable to add anything further to the diagnosis or treatment of the patient’s condition.
Some conditions have not treatment or cure but almost all have opportunities for improvement in the treatment by the best ophthalmologist.
Patients and insurance carriers don’t differentiate between Ophthalmologists with respect to quality. Often a doctor is chosen based on proximity. To choose the best ophthalmologist, it is helpful to ask your friends and family, evaluate online reviews from objective web sites and ask your primary care doctor or optometrist.
When asking anyone, especially your optometrist, it is very important to insure that your eye doctor does not have a financial interest in the Ophthalmologist. It is common for Surgeons to “co-manage” surgical patients with the optometrist participating in the surgical fee. This model often will not direct the patient to the best but the highest paying eye doctor.