The America‘s Best Ophthalmologists and America‘s Best Optometrists 2022 ranking awards the leading 350 eye doctors in the US. The ranking distinguishes ophthalmologists and optometrists in seperate lists to account for the substantial differences in services and treatments provided.
Eye doctors from all US states were eligible for the ranking.
During the survey period from May to June 2022, over 10,000 medical experts (ophthalmologists, optometrists, clinic managers & healthcare professionals) were invited to an online survey. In total, over 5,500 votes were collected and analyzed during the survey period.
A score was calculated for each eye doctor based on the number of recommendations, the quality score and - if available - their membership status in the American Board of Ophthalmology and the American Board of Optometry respectively.
In-State recommendations were weighted higher than Out-of-State recommendations.
Recommendations within one doctor group were weighted higher than recommendations from the other specialty (ophthalmology for optometry and vice versa).
In the ophthalmologist survey, participants were also able to specify a standout treatment (Cornea, Retina, Glaucoma) for there commended ophthalmologists (if applicable).
Most awarded eye doctors work primarily in an outpatient practice where patients can schedule direct appointments with the Most awarded eye doctors work primarily in an outpatient practice where patients can schedule direct appointments with the respective eye doctor (as apposed to inpatient settings).
Ophthalmologists complete 12 to 13 years of training and education. Typical training includes a four-year college degree followed by at least eight years of additional medical training. An ophthalmologist diagnoses and treats all eye diseases, performs eye surgery and prescribes and fits eyeglasses and contact lenses to correct vision problems (American Academy of Ophthalmology).
Optometrists are essential health care providers and are recognized as physicians under Medicare. They examine, diagnose, treat and manage diseases and disorders of the eye. In addition to providing eye and vision care, they play a major role in an individual’s overall health and well-being by detecting systemic diseases, and diagnosing, treating and managing ocular manifestations of those diseases, and providing vaccinations (American Optometric Association).
In total, 175 ophthalmologists and 175 optometrists were awarded by Newsweek and Statista.
For the extended version of the methodology please click here.
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