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    Bracken Opticians
    Very helpful in making sure a complex lens prescription was properly filled in new frames I purchased from them. I have had trouble with other places in the past, but Keith worked with me until it was just right. Excellent customer service and attention to detail. Highly recommend.
    - JAMES M.
  • D
    Capital Eye Consultants PC
    The appointment itself was fine. Dr. Powers was fine - pleasant, but not as up to date on the overall eye care field as I had expected. On several occasions he made statements which were counter to my understanding, and he typically referred back to my chart and amended those statements. I have my actual surgery scheduled for next week.
    My major issue with them is their billing and communications. Because I am "young" they refused to see me at the surgery center closest to my home in Fairfax, instead sending me up to Bethesda. I requested that it instead be in Fairfax, but was told that facility is reserved for older and less mobile patients?
    About a week before my surgery was scheduled to occur, I got a call from the surgery center asking for payment. Because I asked (it was not volunteered) I learned that the Bethesda center does not participate with my insurance. While they offered to "charge me as though I were in-network" the caller didn't mention the fact that my insurance carrier wouldn't care what I was charged, and I would basically double my deductible for going out of network.
    I called CEC about this. I was told they "didn't know the surgery center didn't participate with my insurance", but in literally the same breath was told Fairfax DID participate. Then why not send me there???? I got it moved, and had to wait another week.
    I was then asked to pay for my upcoming surgery in advance (2 weeks in advance), or they would cancel the appointment. And if I cancelled, I would be charged anyway because it was within 2 weeks. I requested that they bill my insurance company, and that I would pay any remaining balance. Not good enough, I had to pay NOW. I requested an invoice/statement and was told they cannot provide that - I had to just give them a credit card within 24 hours, or they would cancel the surgery and bill me anyway.
    Completely unacceptable! I disagree with a policy where they require payment before the procedure, and I disagree with paying anything to anybody over the phone without some formal, professional paperwork to back up what they are billing me for.
    Since I had signed paperwork saying I would pay co-pays or deductibles (which I had to sign or they would not see me), they take that to mean in advance, and without paperwork to back it.
    They should be ashamed of themselves and these practices. Provide the service and send me/my insurance the bill. Please.
    - Deanna H.
  • A
    Dr. Heloi Stark, OD
    • - My appointment started on time.
    • - The staff was courteous and professional.
    • - Dr. Stark was very thorough. It seemed very important to her that the prescription and comfort level of the contacts were right for me.
    • - Dr. Stark was very likeable; she really does have a great "bedside" manner.
    • - There was a follow up appointment so that I could try out several types of contacts to determine which combination was working for me before making any final decisions.
    • - Dr. Stark was informative. Based on my eye exam, she provided tidbits of information about allergies and other minor conditions in which I was unaware.

    - The appointment would have been perfect; however, it was 90 minutes (some time was spent waiting in between different exams). I would have been fine with the 90 minute time frame had I known ahead of time. Therefore, keep in mine that the appointment might run an hour or longer depending on your exam. Now that I know that I will have my expectations set.
    Dr. Stark has eye frames from which to choose; however, I did not peruse the selection at that time. Therefore, I have no information on her selection.
    I will definitely go back to her for future exams.
    - Yvette W.
  • A
    New View Eye Center

    PreProcedure selection:

    I had shopped around and done a lot of research before selecting her office. I work as an attorney so it is vital I be able to see a computer screen to draft legal documents and could not risk any lasik mishap.   I interviewed/consulted several local doctor offices who do lasik surgery and found her to be the best.  In total I visited 7 offices (two in Dallas Texas and five in the DC metro area from 2006 on)  First and foremost, she did the initial exam consultation and was able to answer my questions.  And being a lawyer I had a lot of questions.   She stood up quite nicely to my cross examination so I was confident she wasn't spewing some pre-rehearsed speech like several of the other offices appeared to do. Also she has been in business for a while and I was able to check her background out.  She also was very frank about realistic expectations for the outcome and if I was a candidate or not. I never got the feeling she or any of her staff were trying to convince me to have any procedure. 

    One of the things that most impressed me about  her consultation over the competition was that she did not shy away from showing me my results and the actual information from the evaluation.  All of the others simply said "youre fine" "oh it came out ok" "you're a candidate" or "you have thin corneas" etc.  She was the ONLY one who actually let me examine the print out of the exam results so I could see my results and explained to me where I fell as a candidate/patient vs the average person. I have several friends who are doctors who I like to be able to field my medical information to for a second opinion/devils advocate and all my friends were satisfied with the information that was provided and that it was accurate. 

    I was amazed that other doctors had passed me off to an assistant who could not answer my questions on post surgery complications/success rates/side effects/ latest research on long term effects or about the machines themselves used in the procedure.  I was told by some my cornea was too thin or that I needed to treat my eye with steroids before considering doing lasik instead of PRK etc.  No one else allowed me to see my actual results or explained to me where I fell within a range of the typical patient.  She was able to quickly explain what was accurate and what was inaccurate of all the information I had been given.   She ran through all the tests needed in the first consultation whereas some doctors only did two or three tests (cornea thickness/tear production) so I knew later on it would be a question of followup to make sure that the condition of my eyes had not changed.   I first saw her in I believe 2012 and finally my eye sight had stabilized enough (and I had the time off and money on hand) in 2014 to actually go through with the procedure.  In fact, if your eye doctor does not make sure that your vision has stabilized prior to telling you that you are ideal for lasik  DO NOT let that doctor operate on you as this is critical for lasik success.

    She remembered me from my first appointment nearly two years earlier.  Overall, I have been treated as a VIP and not another cow being led to the cash cow machine as other places seemed to be.  I realize that Lasik is extremely popular and that it is a simple procedure that makes a lot of profit for a practice but I thought that given all this it was amazing that her office was the only one who seemed to still treat the procedure like a medical appointment with serious life altering results rather than like a hair salon appointment.  Also I'd like to note that I was not hounded for two years to get the procedure done.  I was allowed to come back when my prescription stabilized and when my life allowed me to take time off to heal post op.


    I was given all my post op prescriptions way ahead of time so I had all the medicines I needed well before the surgery and was able to arrange everything ahead of time.  Overall, along with the Xanex I think I was so confident I had crossed all T's and dotted all I's that I was relaxed and able to actually enjoy the procedure.  I was also given a lot of flexibility in scheduling the actual date of the surgery so I could be a weirdo and make sure I had been out of my contact for a full three months (normal recommended is two weeks but I like to be extra cautious) and was not pressured to move the date up sooner or to rush the procedure.   I was also given a full disclaimer to read over which was way more detailed and contained more information in it than anything I received anywhere else.  I was given my sleeping googles to make sure I could sleep in them and that I was comfortable wearing them overnight.  I was able to practice sleeping in my googles and wearing my post op sunglasses to make sure I would not freak out post op.

    As for the procedure: 

    I was in and out in less than two hours. I got the drops in to numb my eye and then the procedure began in earnest.   If you have heard you sit down and then they pass over your eye one at a time and then the blue or purple light buzzes and then you are done that is completely accurate.  I was afraid I would twitch my eye or not be able to focus on the light long but everything went off without incident.  I was expecting to experience some scratchiness once the anesthesia wore off but I had virtually no discomfort at all after the surgery.  In fact, my contacts irritated my eyes more than my eye was irritated after I walked out of the surgery.  I felt the same sort of dull feeling after wearing my contacts for a full 14 hours as I did the afternoon after my surgery.  Granted, this is not typical of any lasik surgery but I attribute it to the fact they allowed me to visit several times to double check the measurement of my eyes and provided me all the information I needed to best prepare for the surgery.  I had absolutely no anxiety or stress during the procedure and experienced absolutely no pain or discomfort even during the procedure. 

    The hardest part of the procedure was the month following surgery making sure I did not rub my eyes out of habit, wearing the sunglasses I was given since I don't normally wear glasses and making sure I put in my eye drops first to medicate them post op and then to keep my eyes extra lubricated to speed the healing process.  I have compared my experience to virtually everyone else I meet who has had lasik and I am definitely an OCD when it came to being careful with my eyes and my procedure but the results speak for themselves.

    Nearly 6 months on now my vision is till 20/20 and 20/15 and  my eyes have completely returned to normal tear levels as eyes should within the first year.  I highly recommend Dr. Griffiths and would advice anyone in the DC metro area considering getting lasik to make sure they consult with her first before deciding on any other doctor in the area.  Her prices are about the same as the competition (and yes all the financing and other payment options are available) but you get way more for your money in terms of personalized pre-op care and instructions.  It is a medical procedure and as such you should shop around and compare.  If you do I think you will find that Dr. Griffiths really does seem better than the competition. 

    - Rose L.
  • A
    Wilmer Eye Institute - Bethesda
    This was my second cataract surgery; the first was at Wilmer at Hopkins in Baltimore. This treatment--from initial consultation to surgical follow-up--went much smoother than the first, thanks to Dr. Shameema Sikder and her great staff. Dr. Sikder is an excellent doctor and surgeon, and a pleasure to work with. I wouldn't trust my eyes to anyone else.
    - Mary M.
  • A
    Park, Dr. Juliana Y
    I have been going to Dr. Park for many years and am very happy with her and her very efficient office staff. I see her for annual full ophthalmologic exams. I have had several issues with my vision in the last few years and she has always worked me in as soon as possible. Dr. Park performed cataract surgery on me several years ago and I could not be happier with the results.
    The YAG Laser surgery went very well. I did not need anesthesia and there was no discomfort at all. I was in and out of the Surgical Center quickly. The recovery period was short and within several days my vision was completely cleared up. Once again I am very satisfied with Dr. Park's services.
    - ANTONIO C.
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    Northern Va Ophthalmology Assoc40
    I like Dr. Martin; he is good and thorough, and has excellent bedside manner. However, I do not care for the Front Receptionists; they are, at times, not very pleasant. I also do not care for the Staff Assistants and Technicians -- there is a language barrier; many of them do not speak/understand the English language and are not the friendliest.

    - Emily K.
  • A
    Annandale EyeCare - Member of Vision Source
    Friendly staff and highly competent doctors. Complete eye exams. Easy to get an appointment. I like that the staff is conscientious about cleaning all of the equipment before you use it. Large collection of frames, reasonably priced, if you need glasses. Dr. Sylvia Briceno is great - very thorough exam and proactive in keeping your eyes healthy.
    - Sylvia S.
  • A
    Dr. Heloi Stark, OD

    the latest visit with Dr Stark was as careful as the first.  Her staff is extremely professional and friendly and her office is a pleasure to visit.  She has a large selection of frames and other glasses-related items that I've never seen anywhere else.   Even though her office is far from my home, I will continue to use her services.  She's the best.

    - Jessie U.
  • A
    Helfgott Hargett & Pluznik MDs
    I was Dr. Helfgott's patient for over 30 years until I retired from my job in downtown DC and coming into the District became too much of a hassle as I live in Fairfax County. Dr. Helfgott saved my eyesight as I had detached retinas in both eyes in 1979, and he was one of only a few doctors in the area experienced in the latest treatment. I continued to have sporadic eye problems and no matter when I called, I was able to get an appointment that same day. I am forever indebted to Dr. Helfgott and would have continued with him had he had an office in Northern Virginia.
    - Mara Y.
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