Tampa Ophthalmologists

Speciality: Ophthalmologist

13303 North Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa, FL 33618, USA

(813) 384-3838

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Pit Gills, MD, is a board-certified ophthalmologist specializing in cataract and refractive surgery. He completed his undergraduate studies in Chemistry/Pre-Med at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN and in 1997 received his Medical Degree from Duke University Medical Center in Durham, NC. Dr. Gills completed both... More
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How to Choose a Tampa Ophthalmologist

  1. Ask for Referrals: Start by asking your primary care doctor for recommendations. You can also ask friends, family members, or colleagues who have had positive experiences with ophthalmologists.
  2. Check Credentials: Ensure that the ophthalmologist is board-certified and licensed in your state. You can verify their credentials through your state’s medical board.
  3. Research Experience and Specialization: Look into the ophthalmologist’s experience and areas of specialization. Some ophthalmologists may focus on certain conditions or procedures, so make sure their expertise aligns with your needs. For instance, if you need cataract surgery, you’d want an ophthalmologist with experience in that field.
  4. Read Reviews: Check online reviews from reputable sources, such as health websites or patient review platforms. While individual experiences can vary, consistent positive or negative feedback can provide valuable insights.
  5. Consider Hospital Affiliations: Find out which hospitals or clinics the ophthalmologist is affiliated with. This can indicate the quality of care and facilities they have access to.
  6. Evaluate Communication: Schedule a consultation or initial appointment to meet the ophthalmologist in person. Pay attention to how well they listen to your concerns, explain your condition and treatment options, and address any questions you have. Effective communication is crucial for a good doctor-patient relationship.
  7. Accessibility and Location: Consider the ophthalmologist’s office location and hours of operation. Choosing a provider that is conveniently located and has flexible hours can make it easier for you to attend appointments.
  8. Technology and Equipment: Modern eye care often involves advanced technology and equipment. Inquire about the technology the ophthalmologist uses for diagnostics and treatments to ensure they are up-to-date.
  9. Insurance and Payment: Check whether the ophthalmologist accepts your health insurance plan. If you’re paying out of pocket, discuss the costs associated with consultations, tests, and procedures.
  10. Trust Your Instincts: After your initial meeting, trust your gut feeling. If you felt comfortable, well-informed, and respected, it’s a positive sign. If something feels off, you might want to explore other options.
  11. Get a Second Opinion: If you’re unsure about a diagnosis or recommended treatment plan, don’t hesitate to seek a second opinion from another reputable ophthalmologist. It’s your right as a patient to ensure you’re making an informed decision about your eye health.
  12. Consider Personal Preferences: Everyone has different preferences for healthcare providers. You might prefer an ophthalmologist of a particular gender or age group, or someone who speaks your language fluently. Take these factors into account when making your decision.