What to Look for in an Eye Doctor Near Me


Most people still find an eye doctor the old fashioned way. That is by going to the eye doctor they went to as a kid. There is a trend of people trying to venture out to try a new eye doctor. Most are finding this eye doctor by searching for an eye doctor near me. While that is a good start it may not give you the best results. In this article I am going to go over what to look for in an eye doctor near me search. 

Eye Doctor Near Me

So, too have this conversation we need to first find out what will show up with the search eye doctor near me. The map listings will mainly be based on your physical location when performing the search. Meaning that search ignores if it is the best eye doctor near me. It also ingnores if the vision clinic has the best selection of frames. So while an eye doctor near me search will get you a list of who all is in your area. The search doesn’t give you the full picture of your options. So with this type of search I encourage still diving deeper into researching the vision clinic. 

Researching a vision clinic in BA or a vision clinic in Tulsa

Researching a vision clinic in BA or a vision clinic in Tulsa is fairly challenging in my opinion. As of today there are 7 BA vision clinics and there are well over 20 Tulsa vision clinics. Most of these clinics spend very little on marketing and that is mainly because of an industry norm surrounding that expense and also because as online competition has come about eye doctors have been forced to decrease their profit margins and this leaves less money for advertising.

Is the vision clinic busy

First, you will want to find out is the vision clinic busy. So, my advice is to start with reviews and see who has a large number or reviews. Now this concept with unfairly punish the newer vision clinic because a clinic that has gotten 210 reviews in 3 years or 70 reviews a year is probably more active than a vision clinic that has gotten 300 reviews in 10 years or 30 reviews a year on average. My advice here is to look at how many reviews and what those reviews have looked like over the last month. That will give you an idea if the vision clinic has much patient traffic.

Staff photo of the eye doctor near me search

You could also look for a photo of staff to see if the vision clinic in Tulsa or the vision clinic in Broken Arrow has enough traffic to justify a large staff. Be  cautious here though because I have heard of vision clinics asking employees to bring in spouses for that “staff” photo to make it look like they have more employees than are actually employed. The busy vision clinic is a challenge because you want them to respect your time and get you through the process quickly but you also don’t want them to herd you through like a piece of meat. I’ll give advice on how to make sure you aren’t being treated like cattle further in this article. But this should give you an idea on is the vision clinic busy. 

BA vision clinic with a large selection of frames and a n Eye Doctor Coweta

Large selection of frames

Having a large selection of frames is a must in my opinion. You don’t want to go into a broken arrow vision center that only has a couple hundred frames to choose from. My broken arrow vision center has about 2,000 frames to choose from, but some broken arrow vision centers I’ve been in only have about 300.

One Vision frame mix

The way I try and have my frames set up is about 1,000 for females, about 700 for males, and about 300 for kids. It blew my mind the first time I went into a competitors business and saw they only had 300 frames. I thought okay maybe 150 for females, 100 for males, and 50 for kids. That means about 25 unisex kid styles 15 girl styles and 10 boy styles. That does not give many options to choose from. I understand the cost of having a large frame selection, but people want to have some options.

My optical shop mindset

I have tried to structure my frame selection from the mindset of if they can’t find the frame they want here then they didn’t come in wanting to buy a frame. This large selection leads to patients of other eye doctors near me coming to me to buy glasses. You can find out if the broken arrow vision center has a large selection of frames by calling and asking how many frames do you have to choose from or by looking at pictures on their Facebook, google, or website. Again, if they don’t have many pictures show things off it probably means they don’t have anything to show off.

Here is a link to a post about the difference between a vision clinic and optical shop.

Optometrist open on Saturday

Is the Optometrist open on Saturday is another thing to consider. More and more I am seeing an Optometrist open Saturday. You want the broken arrow vision center near me to have convenient hours.

I am amazed at how often you will find an eye doctor open 8-1 on Monday, 10-4 on Tuesday, 9-6 on Wednesday, 1-5 on Thursday, 1-5 on Friday, and not open on Saturday. These I refer to as catch me if you can hours. I always wonder how the staff or the eye doctor can remember what time to be at work that day. While I am sure that is very convenient for the eye doctor it is extremely frustrating for the patient because you better call before you drive up to get your glasses because who knows if they will be there.

With hours like that I would question if they even really want to be at work. Now they may have several kids with lots of extra curricular activities, but they could always hire another eye doctor to help fill the hours they have committed to outside work activities.


Best eye doctor near me

How do you figure out who the best eye doctor near me is? I mean how do you really know who the best eye doctor is? That is a challenging question. Do you look at academic performance and go with the eye doctor with the most academic awards. Go with the idea that the eye doctor with the biggest brain is the best eye doctor near me. Maybe you look at community service and who has volunteered the most. Go with the idea that the eye doctor that has the biggest heart is the best eye doctor near me. The problem with those lines of thought is the guy or gal that has the biggest brain may be an arrogant jerk and the guy or gal with the biggest heart may have barely graduated or been reprimanded numerous time in school.

What to look for in an eye doctor

When I look at the list of eye doctors in BA and eye doctors in Tulsa almost all of us graduated from the same school. So, it is reasonable to speculate we all had very similar training. I graduated with honors in 2013 but another eye doctor near me graduated with honors in 2012. Unless the two of us sat down and dueled it out academically there is no way to know which of us is smarter. Likewise if I volunteer to read to local elementary schools and an eye doctor near me volunteers to help at the special olympics there is no way to know which of us has a bigger heart.

Personality is the key

My suggestion is to go with the personality that matches yours. Find the eye doctor in broken arrow that talks to patients how you want to be talked to by your eye doctor. The best to right that connection is by watching videos they have created and hearing them discuss and explain things. You can tell quickly in a video if someone is passionate about what they are talking about.

Now good actors can pull the wool over your eyes and look passionate about everything, but the eye doctor near me is probably not that well trained in acting. Watch the videos they have created on Facebook or YouTube. By now most businesses should have at least a few videos of the eye doctor talking about things.

If they are behind on the times in the social media arena it could mean they are behind on the times with the vision clinic as well. While some instruments eye doctors use haven’t changed in 100 years some have changed in the last 5 years. A big sign they may behind on the times is if they do the puff of air test. In my opinion that test should have gone the way of the dinosaur in fact when I went through medical school they didn’t even teach us how to use that instrument!

Eye Doctor in network with my insurance

Finding an eye doctor in network with my insurance should be an easy part, but recently some things have changed to make it more challenging. Logic would suggest that every eye doctor would want to take every insurance because that would give them the largest patient base. That actually isn’t the case.

In network with all vision insurances

I am not in network with every vision insurance and the reason is quite simple. Some insurance companies try and control too many steps in the process. There is one insurance that I am currently in network with that I am planning to drop in the near future. The reason is that I have had to work with 3 very upset patients over the last year because of that insurance.

This insurance company tells me exactly who I can get my lenses from and exactly what the lens design will be. This means I can’t choose a quality lens design for my patient. This also means I can’t pull my business from that vendor if they underperform. This allows that vendor to make numerous mistakes with no risk. I have no control of the quality of the product or how quickly I can get it for my patient. This leads to an understandably frustrated patient. If you are having a hard time finding an eye doctor in network with my insurance the problem may be the vision insurance my be trying to control the eye doctor near me.

Really in network with my vision insurance

The other aspect that can happen is they claim to be in network with your vision insurance but actually are not. The eye doctor has you pay the full price of the eye exam, glasses, or contact lenses and then you submit an out of network claim with your vision insurance. While this is doable it is fairly annoying to jump through this extra hoop. It also leads the question of if the broken arrow vision center is willing to lie about this to make a buck what else will they lie about. An easy way to find out if someone is in network with my insurance is to go to your insurances websites and search for the broken arrow vision center or Tulsa eye doctor.  

BA vision clinic or Tulsa vision clinic

As the owner of a BA Vision clinic that is right on the border of being a Tulsa vision clinic. I had the following question from my childhood. Should  you avoid the small towns that may be behind on the times and drive to the big towns who have to supposedly compete more and will give you a better eye doctor and better selection or stay local.

Old concepts from my childhood

Now that was a concept I heard when I was in high school. People would say go to the bigger town business to get better care and products. The idea was because there is more competition those eye doctors have to compete on price more. While that may have been true 20 years ago that isn’t the case today. The reason is that most eye doctors are members of buying groups that get volume discounts. These buying groups have the purchasing power from hundreds of businesses across the country.

Also, Vision insurances set the prices on most of the products. Therefore, you will pay the same no matter what vision center you visit. Since most people go to the eye doctor once a year. My advice is to find an eye doctor near me but also be willing to commute a little ways. If the eye doctor is doing all the things I have discussed in this article the way you think they should be done be willing to drive 30 minutes to see them. In my opinion it would be better to drive 30 minutes to see someone you like than to drive 15 minutes to have an hour long exam with someone you dislike.

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