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Opthalmologist recommendations

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Opthalmologist recommendations

Does anyone have a good opthalmologist they can recommend? Looking for a good doc for my parents. GTA area.

Good optometrist recommendations also welcome (I would assume they would have decent opth referrals as well)

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Seeing an ophthalmologist for primary eye care is overkill. Do your parents have any specific eye related issues? If so, I may be able to give you some names.
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papermate2 wrote: Seeing an ophthalmologist for primary eye care is overkill. Do your parents have any specific eye related issues? If so, I may be able to give you some names.
Not only that, but ophthalmologists apparently are notoriously bad at refracting patients and prescribing correction. That's why people go to optometrists. There's not very much intersection between the two professions in their overall scope of practice.
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I think you have to get a referred from the Optometrist first to see an Ophthalmologist.
There is an Eye care Center in Mississauga Call OCC Eye Care and they also have a location in Vaughan.
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Your parents definitely will need a referral from an optometrist to see an ophthalmologist.

My husband was at his ophthalmologist yesterday - now requiring two appointments (everyone does).

As he was waiting to see the doctor he heard many calls from people wanting an appointment. The office manager kept telling these people that they need a referral, yet people kept saying they did not need a referral - well they do.

Many ophthalmologists have an optometrist come in a few times a week to see people and then if a referral is needed he/she will make the referral. The script for new glasses will be written by the optometrist - his ophthalmologist no longer writes them (perhaps others do, but from the people I know who see other ophthalmologists this is becoming the norm).

My husband does not go to the ophthalmologist's optometrist because we have an excellent optometrist who he will see after his second appointment with the ophthalmologist to determine if he needs new glasses. Your parents will have to pay the optometrist's fee (if they are not over 65 and have not seen an optometrist in the past 12 months) and if a referral is needed and the ophthalmologist's fee is covered by OHIP then it will be - but age plays a part in this. However, the diagnostic test that is conducted by his ophthalmologist once per year is not covered - regardless that he is over 65. He does not have vision coverage

My husband sees the ophthalmologist due to glaucoma. He fully expects the office manager to be handling calls requesting appointments without referrals when he goes next week. A lot of her time is taken with such calls.
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enwhyRFD wrote: Glaucoma
There are many forms of glaucoma so I agree with the above posters, it is best to seen an optometrist first. They can then make the appropriate referral to medical or surgical glaucoma specialist as needed.
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MP3_SKY wrote: I think you have to get a referred from the Optometrist first to see an Ophthalmologist.
There is an Eye care Center in Mississauga Call OCC Eye Care and they also have a location in Vaughan.
Look on the OCC website - they have a self-referral process that I was able to use. This is very large and busy factory and many people don't like it because it is very impersonal. But they are very efficient and get you in and out quicker than any other ophthalmology practice. And they handle all types of problems, retinal, corneal, dry eyes, glaucoma, you name it.

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