Has it been a bit blurry to read your daily newspaper or watch videos online these days? Perhaps you have been experiencing some irritation of the eyes that can not seem to be corrected with over-the-counter measures. Regardless if you are experiencing optical problems or are simply in need of an annual eye exam, finding the right eye care specialist is important.

There are numerous great eye doctors in the world today but finding the one that meets your individual need can be tough. You may require a physician who offers advanced care options like surgery, paediatrics, or senior citizen eye care. The best thing you can do is research a competent of opticians or optometrists and settle for the practice that can provide you with the services you need.

Some great places to begin your search with include:

• Recommendations from your family doctor – Your medical doctor is a wonderful resource for connections within the medical community. Whatever the eye care specialist is for yourself or your child, your doctor can provide you with a list of area practices that he or she personally endorses. You can be sure you will receive a referral that fits your needs because your general practitioner already knows your situation and what you require.

• Recommendations from family members, close friends, and collections – Take a moment to think of everyone in your life who wears glasses. Clearly, these individuals have paid a visit to the eye doctor. Pick their brains a bit and ask them what they have chosen for their optical care. Ask questions as to why they made this choice and see if the practice they go to is accepting new patients.

• Professional outreach – Did you know that there are website you can visit that will help you find an appropriate eye doctor? Try your luck at ORBIS International or the International Council of Ophthalmology websites.

Interview Eye Care Professionals

If you are a business owner, you simply would not handpick a stranger off the street to hire at your company without interviewing them first, would you? Of course, you would not. This same rule applies when looking for a health care professional. There are a few questions you should ask any eye care specialist before opting to utilize their services:

• How long are your wait times? This is very important information to know, especially if you are bringing young children to a visit or you need to get back to work. Ask the office staff how long the average wait time is and if emergency cases are expedited.

• How many are the exams? You do not want to feel as if the doctor is rushing your visit, especially when you have complex eye care needs. Get a feel for the doctor's bedside manner as you are asking him or her questions about their practice.

Ask yourself:

• Did the doctor take adequate time to answer your questions? If you felt rushed or rushed during the interview process, you should definitely move on to the next physician, as this is an indication as to how the doctor conducts their business.

• Did you feel comfortable and relaxed when speaking to the doctor? If you find that you are not comfortable during the interview process, chance are you will not feel comfortable during the eye exam. This means you'll be less likely to keep up with preventative check-ups, which can be bad for your health. Find a another doctor.

Remember, if the doctor you have chosen ends up not meeting your expectations; do not feel compelled to stay with this practice. Your eye health is important and the specialist you choose should make you feel confident about their ability to provide you with high quality eye care management.