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The holiday festivities are over, but January doesn't have to be a drag. It's actually the best time to finish projects and organize your life – all while having a little fun.
1506 E Griffin PkwyMission, TX 78572
From Business: Shah Eye Center is the Rio Grande Valley’s and Laredo’s total eye care center that is “Founded On a Vision of Excellence®“. Today, Shah Eye Center remains committed to achieving excellence by specializing in the treatment of medical eye conditions including cataract, retina distress, diabetes eye care, glaucoma eye care. W…
Located at Target
301 E Morrison RdBrownsville, TX 78526
From Business: Visit CVS Pharmacy inside Target Store in Brownsville, TX to meet with a friendly pharmacist. You can transfer or refill your prescription and get information on everything from from aspirin to zinc.
2320 N ExpresswayBrownsville, TX 78521
From Business: Visit your Sunrise Mall Sears Optical Located on 1st floor adjacent Men's, for affordable and quality eyewear with style and service that families can trust. Friendly and caring associates work to ensure you and your family get more out of life with professional vision care. Your Brownsville Sears Optical welcomes most vis…
2370 N ExpresswayBrownsville, TX 78521
From Business: Visionworks offers fashion brand frames, lenses & sunglasses with leading vision correction technology. Best value & selection. Buy online or visit your Brownsville Visionworks store.
3147 Boca Chica BlvdBrownsville, TX 78521
The optometrist twice could not get my perscription right. I spent 160 dollars. The glasses are useless since I can not see with them. I went to vision works and they got it right the first time. Eyear optical refuses to refund my money. A bunch of wet backs they are.
2370 N Expressway Ste 1071Brownsville, TX 78521
AS YOU WALK INTO THE STORE, SOMANY ITEMS CATCH YOUR EYES. FROM THE BEATIFUL HELLO KITTY JEWLERY TO THE WWE WRESTELLING FIGURES LINED UP IN NEAT ORDER. EVERY ITEM WAS EASY TO REACH AND THE PEOPLE THERE ARE WONDERFUL ATTENDENTS. PRICES ARE REASONABLE AND THEY HAVE PLEANTY OF VARIETY. I HOPE YOU TA…
2120 E Price Rd Ste BBrownsville, TX 78521
they messed up my glasses 3 times and one of those time they put in the wrong prescription I went to the alton gloor location where the son of the owner works and all he did was scream at me claiming they were tired of fixing my errors on the glasses... like if I was the one that make the glasse…
2370 N Expressway Ste 1238Brownsville, TX 78521
Terrible customer service, terrible treatment of the customers by the doctors and that very rude receptionist. The doctors and receptionist are rude and fail to treat the people walking in with any respect. They do not attempt to call your insurance company to see what you qualify for, they al…
2451 Pablo Kisel BlvdBrownsville, TX 78526
From Business: Get two complete pairs of glasses with single vision plastic lenses from $69.95 with a free eye exam. *In certain states, eye exams provided by independent Optometrists or Ophthalmologists.
The holiday festivities are over, but January doesn't have to be a drag. It's actually the best time to finish projects and organize your life – all while having a little fun.
He is the worst physician I have ever been to. Although I had an appointment, I had to wait over an hour to even be seen by a nurse. Then I had to wait even longer to see the dr. I told him I was there for a checkup. He proceeded to do an exam on me (which was expected) and then told me he would write a prescription for acne (which I did NOT ask for and was NOT wanted). He then gave me a paper with several books highlighted on it that I should read to improve my overall outlook on life (again, NOT appreciated) and a mantra that I should tape by my bathroom mirror and repeat every day when I wake up. I don't want suggestions from someone who doesn't bother to get my name or ask the reason for my visit. That aside, I just decided I wouldn't go back. Unfortunately, he does Travel Vaccinations and he is in network with my insurance. Long story short, my family got the vaccinations IN FEBRUARY OF 2016 but the office refused to go through insurance because "insurance doesn't pay for travel vaccinations." So fine, we got the vaccinations and then submitted it to insurance - $1100. Lo and behold, insurance DOES accept travel vaccinations. Insurance paid the dr. I went back to the dr's office with the documentation from insurance saying I needed to be reimbursed and they refused. FLAT OUT REFUSED. I had gone back and forth for months between insurance and finally got to the point where I felt uncomfortable and intimidated when dealing with his office because they were so rude and unprofessional. The dr's office said they need proof of overpayment sent directly from insurance. Insurance complied and has sent a copy every week since December. The office says they "sent the check". As of today it has been OVER 1.5 YEARS and they won't even pay insurance, much less me. The office flat out said there is ABSOLUTELY NO WAY THEY WILL REIMBURSE me - and it looks the same for insurance. I despise this office and would under no circumstances ever go back. Ever.
Awesome doctor, very professional and knowledgeable, provided excellent care when I was hospitalized recently, and afterward
dr foster is a wonderful dr, but dont get your rx filled with them. They are overpriced, as I have now shopped around, but mostly they have Terrible customer service, they were trying to charge me a fee for getting a simple receipt for my insurance, when i asked to speak to the office manager, they told me Letty didnt have a schedule, and came in and out as she pleased, so they would not be able to allow me to speak to her! never dealing w them again, or taking my family members either, too bad for them cause I liked dr foster.
Very friendly service. I received my results much quicker than I expected. I would definitely recommend.
Had a great experience at brownsville eye center. Dr.Foster and staff are very friendly and helpful.
Today was my first visit and the staff was very kind and patient. Dr Foster was awesome. It was my best eye exam ever. He checked every part of my eyes and was very patient with the final fitting of the contacts.
Love this man hes a great surgeon, doctor, and friend really LISTENS not just uhuh uhuh I see... like most Dr's he loves his job and to help people love ya doc. your 280z fast down town Brown!
Dr. Pisharodi is not a doctor I would recommend to anyone. He did my husbands surgury and broke a titanium screw, he claimed that the screw would eventually dissolve and his pain would lessen. NOT TRUE!!! His pain is so severe that he can not be in a single position for a long period of time, He cant sleep, he cant walk for longer than 15 mins, his leg gives out, he can no longer exercise and do normal daily activities. My husband asked to be referred out for another assesment on his post surgery and Dr Pisharodi refuses to provide him with the referral. Due to my husbands insurance he needs a referral form the doctor to go see another doctor even if it is for a second opinion.
Horrible personnel, we got there and they lady upfront asked my wife if she had ate breakfast and she said no so they lady said to go somewhere to eat, so they baby can be moving so we went to have a burger across the expressway and we cone back 30mins later and a new lady is there we told her what the other lady said and she told us that she would have to reschedule because another lady was there ?? Then she gave us an attitude that she didn't give a'f.
Terrible experience. I went there twice. The first time was for my eye exam. The optometrist was fine, but the staff were very impatient and didn't explain anything to me. The day after I went back to pick my glasses frame, and no one was willing to offer assistance, no one smiled at all!! They gave me the look that made me feel like I owe them money! One of their staff even frowned like angry when talking to me! The way their staff treated me was so horrible , I'll never go back again!
Physicians and surgeons help to keep people - from infants to the elderly - as healthy as possible. These individuals provide diagnoses and treatments for a wide variety of ailments, and preventative care and early detection for more serious illnesses. Whether you love or hate going to the doctor, the fact is your physician is there to listen to your health concerns, take preventative measures against diseases and advise you on your options for staying in tip-top shape.
In 2013, there were more than 1 million doctors of medicine in the U.S., over 854,000 of which were active. Additionally, in 2012, there were about 18,000 active general surgeons in the country. It's important to know which type of physician or surgeon you need, how to choose the best one, and account for other considerations in order to stay healthy.
Patients can choose from a wide variety of physicians depending on doctor specialty and what problems they are experiencing. Here are a few of the most common types of physicians that you may see in your lifetime:
Your GP is the doctor that you go to for regular checkups, vaccines and to identify health issues. GPs can treat many different illnesses and injuries, from the common cold to a broken arm. If your health requires a second opinion or expert care, the GP will refer you to a specialist who has the skills to focus in on the issue.
Heart attacks and heart disease are some of the most common afflictions seen across the country, making cardiologists important to your long-term health. These physicians specialize in studying and treating the heart and related diseases.
Other than a GP, the dentist is likely the most common physician you'll ever see. These professionals work with the human mouth, ensuring that your teeth and gum health are up to par. Patients typically go to the dentist twice a year.
Dermatologists are focused on skin-related issues and diseases, from skin cancers, to acute acne, eczema, psoriasis, and general cosmetic concerns like aging and scars. Most will also perform annual or semi-annual mole checks to screen for any signs of melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer.
If you have a number of sinus infections or have had your tonsils taken out, you've likely seen an ENT specialist. ENTs handle ailments related to the ear, nose and throat, often related to taking out tonsils and treating hearing issues.
For many women, their gynecologist and obstetrician are the same person. These professionals work with the female reproductive system to focus on reproductive health, fertility issues, prenatal care, options for new and expectant mothers, neonatal care and childbirth. OB/GYNs can also help in the early detection of breast or cervical cancer.
There are obviously a number of physicians that you can choose from, but how do you know if they're the best choice for you? Here are a few considerations to help you pick a physician:
Look at Your Insurance
Before you get down to the details, you need to verify which doctors are covered by your insurance and whether they are in or out of your carrier's network. Rates may be cheaper if the doc is in network – a doctor can be covered by your insurance but not necessarily in network. Out of network is typically more expensive. Doctors often add and drop plans, so it's important to ensure that your options are compatible with your insurance plan. Doing your homework will help you avoid unexpected expenses.
Check for Board Certification
Your physician should be certified through the American Board of Medical Specialties. Doctors must earn a medical degree from a qualified school, complete three to seven years of residency training, be licensed by a state medical board and pass one or more ABMS exams to be certified.
Examine the Reviews
Reviews of a doctor can reveal a lot about what your experience may be like. People may grade on staff friendliness, availability and effectiveness of treatment. Looking at these evaluations and getting recommendations from family and friends can direct you toward a physician for your needs.
Surgeons can literally hold your life in their hands, and it's important to find the best one that can put you at ease and treat you effectively
You need to feel comfortable with your surgeon. It's important to communicate your concerns and that your surgeon can respond adequately. Surgeons should be willing to go over the details of your procedure and answer any questions that you may have. They must take the time to discuss and address your worries.
If you're going in for surgery, you want someone that knows what they're doing and has a high success rate. Ask how often the surgeon performs this surgery and try to find one that regularly does it. This will give you peace of mind that you're in capable hands.
Your decision on a physician or surgeon can be majorly affected by the insurance plan you have. You may have insurance through employment, your spouse, your parents if you're under 26, or the marketplace if the previous options don't apply to you. It's important to understand how your insurance works to have the full picture of what you'll need to pay for.
Your insurance will have a deductible, which is the amount that you're responsible to pay for covered medical expenses. Some plans have coinsurances, where you must pay a certain percentage of the bill, and insurance will cover the rest. Co-pays state a flat rate for certain services, like paying $20 when you visit your GP or a $100 co-pay for an emergency room visit. Once you reach your out-of-pocket maximum, which will differ if you're an individual or within a family plan, your insurance may pay for 100 percent of covered medical expenses for the rest of the plan year.
If you plan to go to the doctor, need medication or have been recommended for surgery, call your insurance provider or go online to see what your plan covers. You can choose the best doctor for your needs, understand your options and prevent yourself from being blindsided by medical expenses.
Most doctors require a phone call for an appointment, although some may provide online scheduling as well. Be sure to have your insurance card with you when you set an appointment, and to bring it with you to the actual appointment. They need the ID numbers to verify your coverage, and will usually make a copy of the card for their files so you don't have to show it again unless your insurance changes.
When you call, let them know if you're a new patient, as this will require you to complete some paperwork for your first visit. Tell them the reason for your visit, such as your symptoms if you're feeling sick. It's also important to inform them if you have Medicaid and to find out if you need to bring anything to the visit, like current medications or medical records.
From here, the receptionist will likely ask what dates and times work best for you. During your call, it's important to be honest about your symptoms and the reason for your visit. This information will help the doctor treat you and give him or her an idea of what to expect. Your appointment may progress faster as a result, and the doctor can come prepared with a list of options to better care for you.
Doctors see a number of patients in a day, sometimes in 15-minute increments in areas where the physicians are in high demand. This can leave little time for doctors to perform thorough examinations, and they can end up missing certain problem indicators. While some problems, like a cold or flu, can be diagnosed in this time, more complex ailments require attention, which takes up time. Reviews can illuminate which doctors actively spend the necessary time with their patients and which ones are pressed against the clock to meet demand.
Surgery has some more dire risks attached to it, so be sure to talk to your surgeon about the potential issues that can come up as a result of your procedure. If a patient has a reaction to anesthesia, it can cause very serious complications, but this is an uncommon occurrence. Blood clots can be a significant problem after surgery, often caused by inactivity during recovery. Infections, numbness, scarring, swelling and death are all possible, but the likelihood of these issues will vary depending on the type of surgery you're undergoing. Talk to your doctor about your concerns and your risk potential.
Surgery affects people in different ways, but as you begin to emerge from anesthesia, you'll want to alert your nurse to any issues you may have. The nurse will tell you how the procedure went, what effect it will have on your condition, what to expect when you get home and how long it will take to get back to normal. If you start feeling pain, the nurse may give you medication to stop it from getting worse. When possible, it's also advised to move around to avoid blood clots from developing in your legs. This can be as simple as occasionally flexing your knee or rotating your foot.
Some surgeries are outpatient procedures, where people are released the same day. For major surgeries, patients may stay at the hospital for a few days to be monitored and address any concerns before being sent home. Discuss with your surgeon the projected length of the hospital stay and what you need to bring.
Your recovery time and follow-up expectations will vary depending on your procedure. For example, you can be expected to be on your feet within a few days of having your wisdom teeth taken out, but it may be weeks before you have fully recovered from a broken foot or heart-valve surgery. Your surgeon will give you a list of things that you'll need to do during this time, including what medications to take and when you'll be able to get back to work and other activities.
Every surgery will have a follow-up call or appointment to discuss your recovery and allow you to ask any questions about unusual symptoms or changes in your overall health. If you have a major operation, like heart surgery, it's important to make regular checkups with your doctor or a specialist to ensure that everything is normal. Visiting a doctor will help deter infection and verify that everything is healing as expected. These appointments will give you peace of mind about your state of health and ensure that any issues are caught early on.