America's Best Eye Doctors 2021 - Ophthalmologists

America's Best Eye Doctors 2021

Demand for professional eye care in the U.S. is expected to increase significantly in the coming years as the population ages. Not only are we collectively growing older, we're also working our tired eyes harder than ever before as more and more of our time — both at work and at play — is spent looking at screens. Meanwhile, serious eye ailments, like glaucoma, which can lead to blindness, are on the rise. With all that in mind, Newsweek partnered with the respected global data research firm Statista, to find the best eye doctors in the country.

We looked at the 20 most populous states in the U.S. and selected the 300 best ophthalmologists (M.D.s who specialize in treating the eye) and optometrists (licensed professionals who have earned a post-college doctor of optometry degree). We did not rank opticians, who are trained to design and fit eyeglasses and lenses but not to diagnose or treat diseases or injuries.

Our research started with a survey of over 10,000 ophthalmologists, optometrists, clinic managers and other health care professionals who we asked to recommend the best eye doctors in the U.S. What we were looking for were the doctors who had earned the most respect from their peers in three categories: the quality of care they provide, the continuity of care and the quality of the technology they use in their practices.

Taking care of your eyes is important and finding the right doctors can make a big difference. If you are looking for an eye doctor, we hope you'll find our ranking helpful.

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RankName OphthalmologistScoreLocations
1Eric D. Donnenfeld, MD92.0%Fairfield, CT; Garden City, NY
2David F. Chang, MD88.9%Los Altos, CA
3Uday Devgan, MD88.7%Los Angeles, CA
4Douglas Donald Koch, MD82.4%Houston, TX
5Terry Kim, MD77.0%Durham, NC; Morrisville, NC
6Francis Price, MD75.9%Indianapolis, IN
7Carol L. Shields, MD75.8%Philadelphia, PA
8Timothy You, MD75.7%Santa Ana, CA; Laguna Hills, CA; Newport Beach, CA; Fullerton, CA; San Juan Capistrano, CA
9Kevin M. Miller, MD75.0%Los Angeles, CA
10M. Bowes Hamill, MD74.6%Houston, TX
11Lawrence A. Yannuzzi, MD74.5%New York, NY
12Navin Tekwani, MD74.5%St. Louis, MO; St. Peters, MO
13Philip J. Ferrone, MD74.4%Elmhurst, NY; Flushing, NY; Great Neck, NY; Hauppauge, NY; Riverhead, NY; Rockville Centre, NY
14Jeffrey M. Liebmann, MD74.4%New York, NY
15Christopher J. Rapuano, MD74.3%Philadelphia, PA
16Jeffrey Heier, MD73.3%Boston, MA
17Nicole Fram, MD73.1%Los Angeles, CA
18Maayan E. Keshet, MD73.0%New York, NY
19Amy C. Schefler, MD73.0%Bellaire, TX; Katy, TX; Lufkin, TX; Houston, TX; The Woodlands, TX
20Warren E. Hill, MD73.0%Mesa, AZ
21Nate Kleinfeldt, MD73.0%Dearborn, MI; Livonia, MI; Livonia, MI
22Stanley Chang, MD72.9%New York, NY
23A.K. Gulati, MD72.8%Kenmore, NY
24Archana Seethala, MD72.8%Boston, MA; Medford , MA; Peabody , MA
25Alan B. Aker, MD72.7%Boca Raton, FL
26Benjamin Bakall MD, PhD72.7%Phoenix, AZ
27Leon W. Herndon Jr., MD72.6%Morrisville, NC; Durham, NC; Raleigh, NC
28Esen Karamursel Akpek, MD72.6%Baltimore, MD
29Richard Lindstrom, MD72.6%Minnetonka, MN
30Jeffrey Heimer, MD72.3%State College, PA; Tyrone, PA
31David M. Fastenberg, MD72.2%Elmhurst, NY; Flushing, NY; Great Neck, NY; Hauppauge, NY; Riverhead, NY; Rockville Centre, NY
32Daniel Martin, MD72.2%Cleveland, OH
33Margaret K. Poulos, MD72.1%Orlando, FL; Kissimmee, FL
34Anthony John Aldave, MD72.1%Los Angeles, CA
35John A. Hovanesian, MD72.1%Orange, CA
36Ryan C. Young, MD72.0%Austin, TX; Dripping Springs, TX; Fredericksburg, TX; Round Rock, TX; Wimberley, TX; Temple, TX; Bastrop, TX; Waco, TX; Lakeway, TX
37Carl D. Regillo, MD, FACS71.9%Plymouth Meeting, PA; Philadelphia, PA; Newtown Square, PA; Huntingdon Valley, PA; Cherry Hill, NJ
38Brandon D. Ayres, MD71.9%Bala Cynwyd, PA; Marlton, NJ; Philadelphia, PA
39Richard F. Spaide, MD71.8%Manhattan, NY
40Robert W. Nash, MD71.8%Bellevue, WA
41Matthew Timothy Feng, MD71.8%Indianapolis, IN
42D. Brian Kim, MD71.7%Dalton, GA; Calhoun, GA; Oglethorpe, GA; Chatsworth, GA
43David A. Goldman, MD71.5%Palm Beach Gardens , FL
44Keith A. Skolnick, MD71.5%Plantation , FL; Fort Lauderdale, FL
45Kevin R. Baxter, DO71.5%Mishawaka, IN
46Angela Turalba, MD71.5%Dedham, MA; Boston, MA; Norwood, MA
47Harry W. Flynn, Jr., MD71.5%Miami, FL
48Inder Paul Singh, MD71.5%Racine, WI; Kenosha, WI
49William M. Schiff, MD71.4%New York, NY
50Max Parikh, MD71.4%San Diego, CA
51Aaron V. Weber, MD71.4%Westerville, OH
52Neil S. Patel, MD71.4%Bronx, NY; Jamaica, NY; Jackson Heights, NY; Manhattan, NY; Brooklyn , NY
53Joseph P. Gira, MD71.4%St. Louis, MO
54Gary Fillmore, MD71.4%Spokane, WA
55Robert A. Goldberg, MD71.4%Los Angeles, CA
56Marguerite McDonald, MD, FACS71.4%Manhasset, NY; Oceanside, NY; Garden City, NY
57Edward J. Holland, MD71.3%Blue Ash, OH
58Richard Gans, MD71.3%Cleveland, OH
59Craig M. Greven, MD71.3%Winston-Salem, NC; Greensboro, NC
60Anne L. Coleman, MD, PhD71.3%Los Angeles, CA
61Andrew Lee, MD71.3%Houston, TX
62Todd D. Severin, MD71.2%Brentwood, CA; San Ramon, CA
63Narsing A. Rao, MD71.2%Los Angeles, CA
64Jody G. Abrams, MD71.2%Sarasota, FL; Venice, FL; Lakewood Ranch, FL
65Nicholas F. Hrisomalos, MD71.1%Carmel, IN; Greenwood , IN
66Jeffrey Wipfli, MD71.0%Tampa, FL; Tarpon Springs, FL; Spring Hill, FL; St. Petersburg, FL; The Villages, FL
67Jeffrey Martin, MD, FACS70.9%Smithtown, NY
68Mark Falls, MD70.9%Vienna, VA; Fairfax, VA
69Noha S. Ekdawi, MD70.9%Wheaton, IL; Naperville, IL; Plainfield, IL; Hinsdale, IL
70Robert H. Osher, MD70.9%Blue Ash, OH
71Drew Sommerville, MD70.8%Evansville, IN
72Steven J. Gedde, MD70.8%Miami, FL
73Rahul K. Reddy, MD, MHS70.7%Phoenix, AZ
74Evan D. Schoenberg, MD70.7%Atlanta, GA; Duluth, GA; Woodstock, GA
75Benjamin Y. Xu, MD, PhD70.7%Los Angeles, CA
76Robert N. Weinreb, MD70.7%La Jolla, CA
77Charles C. Wykoff, MD, PhD70.6%Bellaire, TX; Katy, TX; Livingston, TX; Lufkin, TX; Houston, TX; The Woodlands, TX
78Jennifer I. Lim, MD70.6%Chicago, IL
79K. Bailey Freund, MD70.6%New York, NY; Brooklyn, NY
80James Loden, MD70.6%Goodlettsville, TN; Gallatin, TN; Nashville, TN; Paris, TN; Smyrna, TN
81Louis B. Cantor, MD70.5%Indianapolis, IN; Carmel, IN
82Maz Kazahaya, MD, FACS70.5%Allentown, PA; Bethlehem, PA
83Galen Grayson, MD70.5%Charlotte, NC
84Shamil S. Patel, MD70.5%Glendale, AZ
85Anup Kubal, MD70.5%Boca Raton, FL
86Derek Kuhl, MD, PhD70.4%Bryan, TX; Huntsville, TX
87Jamie Alexander, MD70.4%Plano, TX; Dallas, TX; Fort Worth , TX
88Sweta Kavali, MD70.4%Des Peres , MO; St. Louis, MO
89J. Shepard Bryan, MD70.3%Phoenix, AZ
90Jack M. Dodick, MD70.3%New York, NY
91Dan S. Gombos, MD, FACS70.3%Houston, TX
92Neal V. Palejwala, MD70.3%Bullhead City, AZ; Goodyear, AZ; Kingman, AZ; Peoria, AZ; Phoenix, AZ; Tuba City, AZ
93Stephanie Vanderveldt, MD70.3%Cumming , GA; Sandy Springs, GA
94Lena A. Dixit, MD70.3%Round Rock, TX; Taylor, TX
95Jay L. Schwartz, DO70.3%Glendale, AZ
96Laura Periman, MD70.2%Seattle, WA
97Carol L. Karp, MD70.2%Miami, FL
98Richard Cohn, MD70.2%Maitland, FL
99Steve Charles, MD, FACS, FICS, FASRS70.2%Germantown, TN; Oxford, MS; Memphis, TN
100John C. Baldinger, MD70.2%Fairfax, VA
101Mark Fromer, MD70.2%New York, NY; Bronx, NY; Forest Hills, NY; Bayside, NY
102V. Nicholas Batra, MD70.2%San Leandro, CA
103Neil R. Katz, MD, FAAO70.2%Harrison, NY; Yonkers, NY
104Joshua Ford, MD70.2%Memphis, TN
105Vikram David Durairaj, MD, FACS70.1%Austin, TX; Cedar Park, TX
106Charles Bouchard, MA, MD70.1%Orlando Park, IL; Burr Ridge, IL; Maywood, IL
107Paul T. Finger, MD, FACS70.1%New York, NY
108Rishi Singh, MD70.0%Cleveland, OH; Twinsburg, OH
109Ralph E. Wesley, MD70.0%Nashville, TN; Bowling Green, KY; Clarkville, TN; Franklin, TN; Hendersonville, TN; Murfreesboro, TN; Tullahoma, TN
110Les Grosinger, MD70.0%Bloomfield Hills, MI
111Vincent A. Deramo, MD70.0%Elmhurst, NY; Flushing, NY; Great Neck, NY; Hauppauge, NY; Riverhead, NY; Rockville Centre, NY
112William Dupps, MD, PhD70.0%Cleveland, OH
113David Perlmutter, MD70.0%Albany, NY; Clifton Park, NY
114Andrew Lewicky, MD70.0%Chicago, IL
115Alan N. Carlson, MD70.0%Durham, NC
116Karina Billiris Findlay, MD69.9%Tampa, FL; Temple Terrace, FL
117Dean Eliott, MD69.9%Boston, MA
118Jay Arora, MD69.9%Scottsdale, AZ
119Ryan D. Walsh, MD69.9%Milwaukee, WI
120Peter Kaiser, MD69.8%Cleveland, OH
121Anna Allen, MD, PhD69.8%Latham, NY; Albany, NY
122Stephen P. Verb, MD, MHSA, FACS69.8%Madison Heights, MI; Livonia, MI
123Jeffrey Goshe, MD69.8%Cleveland, OH
124Craig See, MD69.8%Cleveland, OH; Independence, OH
125Bradford J. Shingleton MD69.8%Boston, MA
126Megan M. Geloneck, MD69.7%Cedar Park, TX; Austin, TX
127John C. Hart, Jr., MD, FACS69.7%Farmington Hills, MI
128Henry D. Perry, MD69.7%Rockville Centre, NY
129Albert S. Khouri, MD69.7%Newark, NJ; Roseland, NJ
130Vikram Brar, MD69.7%Richmond, VA
131John R. Stechschulte, MD69.7%Columbus, OH
132Thomas A. Oetting, MS, MD69.7%Iowa City, IA
133Jay S. Duker, MD69.6%Boston, MA
134Seth D. Potash, MD, FAAO69.6%Harrison, NY; Yonkers, NY
135Pradeep Yammanuru Ramulu, MD, PhD69.6%Baltimore, MD
136Michael E. Snyder, MD69.6%Blue Ash, OH
137Lee M. Jampol, MD69.6%Chicago, IL
138Steve Gerber, MD69.6%South Bend, IN
139T. Michael Nork, MS, MD69.6%Madison , WI
140Jeffrey Ewing Lee, MD69.6%La Jolla, CA; San Diego, CA
141Philip J. Rosenfeld, MD, PhD69.6%Miami, FL; Palm Beach Gardens, FL
142W. Barry Lee, MD, FACS69.6%Cumberland, GA; Buckhead, GA; Piedmont, GA; Macon, GA
143Craig M. Fern, MD, PC69.6%Mt. Kisco, NY; White Plains, NY
144Sharon F. Freedman, MD69.6%Durham, NC
145Ricardo J. Ramirez, MD69.6%Orlando, FL; Kissimmee, FL
146Michael A. Kipp, MD69.6%Wheaton, IL; Naperville, IL; Hinsdale, IL; Plainfield, IL; St. Charles, IL
147Gregory Kosmorsky, DO69.5%Cleveland, OH; Strongsville, OH
148Anna Luisa Di Lorenzo, MD69.5%Troy, MI
149Anne Barmettler, MD69.5%Bronx, NY
150Michelle M. Kron-Gray, MD, PhD69.5%Wheaton, IL; St. Charles, IL

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Survey participants were asked to recommend eye doctors in their own state as well as throughout the U.S. (In-State and Out-of-State recommendations).
The ranking distinguishes ophthalmologists and optometrists in separate lists to account for differences in services and treatments. 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).
A score was calculated for every eye doctor that was part of the analysis. This total score is based on four sub scores: the In-State recommendations, Out-of- State recommendations, recommendations from the other specialty as well as a quality score.

Score for Each Ophthalmologist/Optometrist
In cooperation with Newsweek, Statista invited over 10,000 medical experts (ophthalmologists, optometrists, clinic managers and health care professionals) to complete an online survey. Additionally, experts from all over the U.S. could participate in the survey of America's Best Ophthalmologists and America's Best Optometrists on All data was collected during a survey period from April to June 2021. It was mandatory for participants to verify their email addresses. Quality checks were performed to avoid self-recommendations. More than 4,000 votes from medical experts in the field of ophthalmology and optometry were collected.
Calculation of Recommendations Score
For the In-State recommendations participants were asked to name up to 15 of the best eye doctors for each specialty in their state. They were asked to recommend eye doctors by considering the quality of care, continuity of care and quality of technical equipment. For the Out-of-State recommendations, participants were asked to recommend up to 15 eye doctors in the U.S. Optionally, participants could also recommend doctors from the other specialty (ophthalmologists for optometrists and vice versa). These recommendations were weighted lower than recommendations from the same specialization.
Entry of recommendations was aided by an autocomplete function, which showed eye doctors based on the letters entered. It was also possible to recommend eye doctors that were not proposed by the autocomplete list.
Recommendations received different weights depending on the order in which they were given, with the first recommendation being assigned the highest weight. For example, recommendations for the best optometrist or ophthalmologist in each state received a 36 percent higher weight than recommendations for the fifth best optometrist or ophthalmologist in a state. A score was assigned to each eye doctor based on the number of weighted recommendations.Recommendations constitute 85 percent of the overall score.
Calculation of Quality Score
Within the In-State recommendations participants were also asked to rank the quality dimensions which influence the quality of eye doctors. Participants were asked to differentiate between these variables:

- Quality of care (e.g. treatments, consultation with a doctor)
- Continuity of care (e.g. degree to which consistent and constant care is provided including preventive care and follow-up care)
- Quality of technical equipment (e.g. use of the most recent equipment)

The quality dimensions were shown to participants in a randomized order. Based on the reported importance of each quality dimension a quality score was assigned using the following weights: 50 percent Quality of care, 30 percent Continuity of care and 20 percent Quality of technical equipment.
For each recommended eye doctor, the participant rated the three quality variables on a scale from 1 ("Poor") to 7 ("Excellent"). A quality score was assigned to each eye doctor based on the weighted average of these ratings. The quality score contributes 15 percent toward the overall score.

The rankings are comprised exclusively of eye doctors who were eligible based on the scope described here. A mention in the ranking is a positive recognition based on peer recommendations. The ranking was created through an elaborate process, however, the information in this ranking should be considered in conjunction with other available information about eye doctors or, if possible, accompanied by a visit to a facility. The quality of eye doctors not included in the rankings is not disputed.

You can download the full methodology here.