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Opthamologist Facts

How Much Time Does An Ophthalmologist Spend With Their Patients?
When you make an appointment with an ophthalmologist, you probably want to know that you’re going to get a thorough exam and plenty of individualized attention. Realistically, most appointments seem to go by in the blink of an eye! Exactly how much time does an ophthalmologist actually spend examining your patients? Well, odds are, not as much time as you would think. Recent studies have found that a whopping 41 percent of all ophthalmologists will spend just 9 to 12 minutes with their patients.

Generally speaking, private practice ophthalmologists spend more time with their patients, while those who work in chains or network practices spend less time with their patients. The reason? Practices that are not privately owned must adhere to best practices put forth by the network or chain. Chances are, they’re the reason your ophthalmologist is in such a big hurry to get to the next patient.

Of course, ophthalmologists aren’t the only doctors who are guilty of the rush. Studies show that 40 percent of cardiologists will only spend about 13 to 16 minutes with patients. The same can be said for urologists, family physicians, and obstetricians. If you’re feeling rushed at the ophthalmologist or doctor, you’re definitely not alone!