America’s Best Eye Doctors 2021

- → Nancy Cooper, Global Editor-in-chief

Newsweek teams up with Statista, a respected market data and research firm, to find the 300 leading ophthalmol­ogists and optometris­ts from across the country.

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. (See methodolog­y, p. 32.)

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.

Aamerica’s Best ophthalmol­ogists and Optometris­ts 2021 recognizes the 300 best eye doctors in the U.S.

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 are doctors who have completed a medical degree and a residency in ophthalmol­ogy. These doctors have received 8 years or more of medical training. Optometris­ts are licensed practition­ers who have received a Doctor of Optometry degree. They must obtain a 4-year post undergradu­ate degree.

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-ofstate 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 selfrecomm­endations. 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 recommend 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 name 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 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.

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