The top 5 things to look for in an Orlando eye doctor

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Think for a second about your eyes. Think about the vastly complex, intricate process that must happen to give us the gift of sight. If a single aspect of that process is even slightly off, the whole thing falls apart.

The eye also happens to be one of the most delicate parts of your body. Other than your skin, it’s the only organ completely exposed to the elements.

So why would you trust your eye care to just anyone? You wouldn’t, of course. But do you know what to look for in an ophthalmologist?  How should you select an eye doctor?


Because eyes are as unique as you are, each presents unique challenges, so experience is key, and should be the first question you ask. How long has the eye doctor been practicing?

If you have a pre-existing eye condition, find out about his or her experience with that condition. All the experience in the world won’t matter if they don’t know how to treat what ails you.


Experience means nothing if it’s built on a foundation of improper training. Luckily, it’s easy to perform a quick check online for licenses and schooling. The license should be either from the state board of optometry or the state medical board.

If you don’t recognize the school your prospective eye doctor went to, it’s a good idea to do a little research on the school, too.

Peer Recognition

If an eye doctor has received any recognition from his or her peers, that information will almost certainly be available directly on the website (probably in an “about us” page or “awards” page).

Look for any lecturing or teaching the doctor has been asked to do, recognition from industry magazines, or even recommendations from other respected Orlando eye doctors.

Personalized care

Experience, training, and peer recognition speak to the skill of a surgeon. They don’t speak to the compassion necessary to understand the individual needs of each patient, and to provide each with personalized care and attention.

Talking to past patients is the easiest way to gauge the level of personalized care you’ll receive. Look for online forums or blog posts, but remember to cast your net wide: the opinion or experience of a single person may not be indicative of the level of care you’ll receive.


Last, but most certainly not least, a premiere ophthalmologist must be available to his or her patients when needed. Like personalized care, talking to past patients is the simplest way to gauge an eye doctor’s level of accessibility.


No single factor can determine whether or not a particular Orlando eye doctor is the right choice for you, but when taken as part of a whole, these five factors will give you a great idea of what to expect.


About Orlando Eye Doctor Dr. Brian Haas

Dr. Haas as has served on the teaching faculties of Bethesda Naval Hospital and the USF Medical School in Tampa. Currently, he is an Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at UCF Medical School in Orlando. From 1999 to 2009 Dr Haas served 5 consecutive terms as the department chairman of ophthalmology at Orlando Health. In 2012 he was selected by US News and World Report magazine as one of the top ophthalmologists in the country

Read his full bio here.






  1. My husband has been having trouble with his sight, and we are wondering how to find a great eye doctor for him to go to. So I like your suggestion to find one that is accessible to you by being available when you need them. We will definitely be looking for an eye doctor that has enough availability in their schedule for us to fit in.

  2. The best part of your blog for me is when you talked about how you should consider choosing an ophthalmologist that’s always available to their patients when needed. My mother’s left eye is showing signs of cataract. I want to find her an eye doctor that can help to properly diagnose her eye problem. Since my mother may have questions about the condition of her eye at any time, it will make sense for me to find her an eye doctor that she won’t have any problem talking to if a need arises. Thanks!

  3. The best part of your blog for me is when you talked about how you must choose an ophthalmologist that’s always available to their patients when needed so they can help you right away. My mother has glaucoma and other eye complications. It’s important for me to find her an ophthalmologist that can treat her right, and an ophthalmologist that we won’t have any problems contacting at any time of the day should we need help on my mother’s condition. I will make sure to consider all your tips.

  4. The best part of your blog for me is when you talked about how you should consider asking the eye doctor that you’re interested in how long they have been practicing to find an experienced one. My daughter has glaucoma, and it’s important for me to have her treated. I want to make sure that I will only deal with an eye doctor that has been practicing for a good amount of time to make sure that my daughter is going to be in good hands. Thanks for sharing this.

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