Denver Ophthalmologists

Speciality: Ophthalmologist

1666 South University Boulevard, Denver, CO, USA


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James Patterson, MD, FACS, is a board-certified ophthalmologist who has been performing refractive procedures for more than 20 years. Dr. Patterson earned his medical degree from the University of Colorado in 1981. After serving his medical internship year in Christchurch, New Zealand, he returned to... More
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How to Choose a Denver Ophthalmologist

  1. Get Referrals: Start by asking your primary care doctor for recommendations. You can also seek referrals from friends, family members, or colleagues who have had positive experiences with ophthalmologists.
  2. Check Credentials: Verify the ophthalmologist’s credentials. They should be board-certified and have completed their education and training from reputable medical institutions. You can usually find this information on the doctor’s website or by contacting their office.
  3. Research Experience: Look into the ophthalmologist’s experience, especially in treating the specific condition you have or the type of procedure you’re considering. More experienced doctors often have a better understanding of various eye issues and treatment options.
  4. Read Reviews: Check online reviews on platforms like Google, Healthgrades, or RateMDs. While individual reviews should be taken with a grain of caution, patterns of positive or negative feedback can give you an idea of the doctor’s reputation.
  5. Consider Specialty: Ophthalmologists can have various specialties such as cornea, retina, glaucoma, pediatric, or LASIK surgery. Depending on your needs, you might want to choose an ophthalmologist who specializes in the relevant area.
  6. Evaluate Communication: A good ophthalmologist should be a good communicator. During your first consultation, assess how well they explain things, answer your questions, and make you feel comfortable.
  7. Hospital Affiliations: Find out which hospitals or clinics the ophthalmologist is affiliated with. It’s often beneficial to choose a doctor who has privileges at a reputable medical center.
  8. Technology and Facilities: Ensure that the ophthalmologist’s clinic is equipped with modern technology and facilities, especially if you require specialized tests or treatments.
  9. Insurance Coverage: If you have health insurance, make sure the ophthalmologist is in-network to minimize out-of-pocket expenses. If you don’t have insurance, inquire about the costs of various services.
  10. Location and Convenience: Consider the location of the ophthalmologist’s office. It’s more convenient if the office is close to your home or workplace, especially for regular check-ups or follow-up appointments.
  11. Personal Comfort: Trust your instincts. If you feel comfortable with the ophthalmologist and their staff, it’s more likely that you’ll have a positive experience.
  12. Ask Questions: Don’t hesitate to ask questions about the ophthalmologist’s experience, treatment approaches, potential risks and complications, and any concerns you might have.
  13. Second Opinion: If you’re unsure about a diagnosis or treatment plan, consider seeking a second opinion. A reputable ophthalmologist should be open to this and encourage you to make informed decisions about your eye health.