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Dr. Curt W Cockings has the following 1 specialty
An ophthalmologist has the training to do much more than just prescribe glasses. They are physicians specially trained to diagnose and treat disorders of the eyes and vision. These doctors are experts on the complicated anatomy of the eye and are trained to treat eye diseases through both medical and surgical methods.
Some common conditions that ophthalmologists treat are cataracts, glaucoma, strabismus, diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration and amblyopia. In addition, ophthalmologists can provide prescriptions for eye glasses and contact lenses and perform LASIK surgery and other corrective surgeries for refractive errors like myopia (near-sightedness), hyperopia (far-sightedness), astigmatism and presbyopia.
- Lasik Surgery
- Macular Degeneration
- Diabetic Retinopathy
- Vision Issues
- Eye Exam
- Eye Pain
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My daughter had surgery by Dr.Cockings when she was approx. 5 yrs old with great success . She had been treated by a female Dr. prior to seeing him with little help and very poor treatment! ( she was very hateful). 20 years later my red head would give anything to have him as her Dr. but she is an adult now, we are proud to say we would do it all over again.
My daughter saw Dr. Cockings first when she was 8 years old. She will be 16 next month and still enjoys her appointments. His staff is always understanding and helpful. I am not able to drive so there have been times they worked with me without making me feel bad, like some places do. Dr. Cocking's office is set up for the kids. They love leaving their art work for other kids to add to on the huge chalkboard wall. The colorful carpet and wall of magnets are a true reflection of Dr. Cocking's fun and playful personality. He has always made sure I was aware of what was going on and what was about to happen as he examined my daughter. He talks to her but for my understanding as well. After reading some of the reviews on here, I want to share a conversation that he had with my daughter after putting the diolation drops in her eyes. First of all he told her that the drops would sting but only for a short time. So, he put the drops in and told her it was ok to use the tissue he had given her to dab her eyes. He talked to her as she dabbed her eyes. She said "why do they have to burn, someone needs to make some that don't burn". He joked with her and told her that if someone found a way to make diolation drops that didn't sting they would make alot of money. They laughed as she dabbed a bit more before I knew it they had plans to invent "stingless diolation drops". Once she said that she was good he asked her if she wanted to go work on her chalk masterpeice, she jumped at the idea. As I walked out behind her, he explained that the drops will need a little while to work and that he would call us back in 15 to 20 minutes. He called a family that had a infant in a carrier and a toddler. The lady at the front desk asked him a quick question to assist a new patient with something on their way out. The family he had called had barely made their way to the exam room door when he walked back to them saying hello. I appreciate that he will take that few seconds to assist the family as they are leaving so they don't have to wait for a phone call after they have left. I also like the fact that Dr. Cockings plays an active roll from start to finish. I have never been offended by Dr. Cockings or his staff. I have Thaught to myself, wow that parent's attitude is going to cause their child to act out though. My daughter was diagnosed with Tyoe 1 Diabetes in 2008 she was 6. As you know having her eyes checked regularly is very important. She saw another eye doc in Lubbock twice before we found Dr. Cockings. The experience was very different. It was at a hospital in a Doctor's office clinic setting. We filed out paperwork and sat to wait, a nurse called us back and did as much as she could before having the doctor come in to finish up. I never felt like it was a good time to ask questions. I was always given a pamplet describing things like diabetic retinopathy, which tarrified me. When we first saw Dr. Cockings I felt like I could ask questions for the first time. I learned quickly that her eyes were healthy, not affected by her diabetes, and that if we continued to keep good control of her blood sugar levels, she should not have to deal with this "complication of uncontrolled Diabetes." Now that my Daughter is a teenager with a mind of her own, Dr. Cockings always takes the time to ask her if she is concerned about anything. They have had lengthy conversations about how important good control is. He suprised her during her last visit with a make up tip. He told her that her eye liner should be applied a tiny bit under where she had it. He explained that it will prevent eye irratation and make her eyes appear a littl bigger and really pop. She thaught it was halarious for a man to give her make up abvice. As a parent I know he was concerned about the eye irratation but he did a great job of making it mean something to her. I had told her many times to make this slight adjustment only to be ignored. From that day on she did what he suggested "to make her eyes really pop".
Thank you for the very kind words. I very much appreciate them. Thank you for allowing me to take care of your daughter all these years.
He didn't greet us or give very good direction on what to do upon entering the patient room. We waited an hour, just to be seen for 5 minutes. He uses the term "God" in a negative manner and was not very good with describing what was going on or what he found.
I am sorry I did not greet you when initially seen. I was called up to the front desk after I called the patient. Usually it takes time for patients with infants to move to the exam room after being called so I thought I could get away quickly. That may have thrown me off my routine. If an exam if a rule-out (another doctor is asking: does this patient have this condition?) and on a small infant the exams can be brief. I do a complete exam. I do a history, the child is dilated for 20 minutes and then I see them again if the exam is not on an emergency patient with a very specific problem. Waiting in the waiting room for a long time can involve problems with insurance or, on this day, I had a very very very elderly patient for whom everything takes time. No patient is the same. A schedule does not run perfectly. Some patients take much much longer than others and that is entirely unpredictable. And remember, ask questions if you don't understand or something is not explained well. It may make perfect sense to me, but that doesn't help if you don't understand it. I have no idea about the "God in a negative manner" statement. I don't speak about religion at all in my practice. I do use the expression "God has a sense of humor" but that is never in reference to patients or their problems.
My three year old just seen him for the second time and he was very rude and scolded my child for not correctly pronouncing shapes calling a square a box. He then threatened him by telling my THREE year old "I will put burning eye drops in your eye for no apparent reason other than your not cooperating". I also feel as if he is very short with his patients and shouldn't be working with children. His equipment is outdated.
I have never responded to a negative review but some of the issues in here need some further explanation. 1. The child called the square a triangle. I did not scold the child; I merely corrected him/her. There are only four shapes on the symbol chart: a heart, a circle, a square and a house. The house has a triangular roof so calling the square a triangle could lead to confusion. I like to practice the symbols with the children before actually testing their visiond so that they know and are comfortable with what the symbols are . Actually, if a child has difficulty with the "skwa" sound in "square" on multiple occasions, I suggest that they call it a box. 2. I cajoled this child multiple times into doing the chart correctly. By the way he/she was answering, it appeared that the vision in the good eye had gone down significantly. In that case, I would be concerned about an evolving process involving both eyes; possibly in the brain. Compressive brain lesions can cause whitening of the optic nerves. That would result in the need for dilation. The "threat" was a warning given after multiple previous attempts to get the child to pay attention and do the chart. The parent added the "burning" part; the actual statement was"you will be dilated for no reason if you don't start cooperating". I was implying that he/she was making a bad choice at this point. At least 95% of children over the age of 3.5 years who are not developmentally delayed can do the symbol chart. The child had not just turned three as seems to be implied; he/she was closer to four. 3. The parent also states that I was not patient with this child. The first time I spent at least 10 minutes trying to fit the child with glasses because he/she kept looking away. I spent nearly 15 minutes doing an eye chart with this child the second time. I did want the child to finish up the chart on vision testing and he/she did eventually and satisfactorily after the previous warning. 4. I am not sure what equipment is outdated in my office. The equipment used in eye lanes has not changed in many years in terms of function. If the parent is referring to my use of a retinoscope to figure out a child's prescription, that is standard practice in the pediatric age group. The use of a phoropter (the machine most people think about when getting their eyes checked for glasses) is not possible in children. A retinoscope is standard of care. A lens is placed in front of the child's eye and then the light reflection is used to determine the prescription for glasses. An automated version of this machine is not necessarily accurate in a child. I hope that clarifies the issues. I know I am not perfect and I have bad days as do all of us. There will always be personality conflicts with the parents of patients.
29 Years Experience
University Of New Mexico School Of Medicine
Graduated in 1989
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
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