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What to Look for in an Optometrist

Posted on December 2nd, 2015

Even if you don't currently have any vision problems, having an optometrist that you can rely on and trust is incredibly important (particularly given that it's recommended that Canadians have a comprehensive eye exam at least once every two years). So just how do you go about selecting an optometrist? Here are the top 4 things you should look in an eye doctor.

1. Credentials
Any optometrist you trust with your ocular health should have the credentials to prove that they have proper and adequate training. Most optometrists will prominently display proof of certification through an accredited medical institution, as well as licensure through the territorial or provincial governing board. If any medical professional is hesitant to divulge their educational background or accreditation, then you may want to find another physician.

2. Comfort Level
When you’re looking for an optometrist, it’s important to select a professional who you feel comfortable with. You're putting a great deal of trust in the hands of your optometrist, so ensuring their personality and approach fits with you is essential. A doctor-patient relationship is extremely important, so make sure you take the time to find one that works for you.

3. Referrals
Another great way to help you find an optometrist is to look online at doctor reviews, or ask friends and family for recommendations. More than likely, if a trusted friend or family member has had a great experience with an optometrist, then you will receive equally great treatment. 

4. Continuing Education
Ask a potential optometrist whether they are involved in research or education within their field. An optometrist who maintains involvement within the ocular healthcare field is likely to be very familiar with all latest techniques and treatments. Of course, remember that just because an optometrist is more experienced, doesn't necessarily mean they're better. There are a number of young optometrists just starting their careers who are skilled in the latest procedures and technology, and maintain the same high level of care and experience as their more experienced colleagues.

Ultimately, finding an optometrist is something that really comes down to who you are and what your specific needs are. Take the time to find an optometrist who works for you. It may just be the most important decision you'll make when it comes to your health.

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