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Finding an Eye Care Professional

The National Eye Institute does not provide referrals or recommend specific eye care professionals. However, the following suggestions and resources may help you find an eye care professional.

You can:

  • Ask family members and friends about eye care professionals they use.
  • Ask your family doctor for the name of a local eye care specialist.
  • Contact your insurance company or health plan to learn whether it has a list of eye care professionals that are covered under your plan.
  • Call the department of ophthalmology or optometry at a nearby hospital or university medical center.
  • Contact a state or county association of ophthalmologists or optometrists. These groups, usually called academies or societies, may have lists of eye care professionals with specific information on specialty and experience.

The reference specialist at your local library can help you identify sources for finding health care professionals. Here is an example:

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The National Eye Institute (NEI) is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and is the federal government’s lead agency for vision research that leads to sight-saving treatments and plays a key role in reducing visual impairment and blindness.

Last Reviewed: 
June 2016