finding a "superior" optometrist and optician

Discussion in 'Optometry Archives' started by louise, Jan 18, 2008.

  1. louise

    louise Guest

    I have a difficult, very astigmatic prescription, am 64 yrs
    old, and do some serious photography as well as extensive
    computer work. I have no cataract formation, retinas are
    ok, pressures are ok. I have had a few corneal injuries
    over the years which have healed, but not smoothly, and my
    eyes are often dry with some floaters. That, combined with
    light eyes, makes me very light sensitive.

    My ophthalmologist is clearly too busy to be patient enough
    while trying different lenses and in recent years (as he has
    had to deal with more and more insurance etc.), his
    prescriptions haven't been as good - or even good enough.

    I've tried a few optometrists and found one who wrote a very
    good prescription. However, the lenses have been made
    several times because of various "errors" at the factory,
    the fact that I was unable to wear an aspheric lens and
    other mishaps. I also feel that his one and only optician,
    to whom he defers for frame fit, lens choice etc., is not
    very responsive and I fear, not very creative. He follows
    the book - not my particular needs.

    I'm in Manhattan - there are 100s of places to get
    eyeglasses made and prescriptions done. I know not to go to
    the standard chains - they couldn't do my prescriptions
    accurately when I was in my 20s.

    But, is there a list, a review, something - where I can find
    out who and where the top optometrists and opticians are?
    Friends are not really a good enough recommendation because
    they don't have my eyes, nor, in most cases, my requirements.

    Also, when you go to a store and have an exam by an
    optometrist, then you're stuck using their optician, or so
    it seems. So I need a place that has the tops in both
    categories. I used to use Robert Marc but that store seems
    to have changed in the last few years.

    Thanks for any suggestions as to how to get around this.

    Louise
     
    louise, Jan 18, 2008
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    Neil Brooks Guest

    In my experience (high Rx), an optometrist specializing in low-vision
    is -- by definition -- an expert at thorough, meticulous refractions.

    If it were me, I'd seek out such a low-vision optometrist. Google is
    your friend.

    Best of luck,
    Neil
     
    Neil Brooks, Jan 18, 2008
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    Dan Abel Guest

    Laws vary by state. In my state, the OD has to give you a written
    prescription for glasses on request. You can take it anywhere to get
    filled.

    I don't like to do this, myself. I've read too many horror stories
    where the glasses don't work. So, you take it back to the optician.
    They claim that they just followed the prescription you gave them, so
    there must be something wrong with the prescription. You go to the OD,
    and they say it is correct, and the optician must have screwed it up.
    Now, what do you do? I don't have the expertise to figure out which one
    is at fault.
     
    Dan Abel, Jan 19, 2008
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