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Dr. Michael A Pachtman Is this you?

About Dr. Michael A Pachtman

Dr. Michael A Pachtman, MD is a Doctor primarily located in Mesa, AZ. He has 40 years of experience. His specialties include Ophthalmology. Dr. Pachtman is affiliated with Maricopa Medical Center. Dr. Pachtman has received 1 award. He speaks English.

Rating Overview

49 Ratings with 20 Comments

The overall average patient rating of Dr. Michael A Pachtman is Good. Dr. Michael A Pachtman has been rated by 49 patients. From those 49 patients 20 of those left a comment along with their rating. The overall rating for Dr. Michael A Pachtman is 2.6 of 5.0 stars.

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Primary Address

Arizona Pediatric Eye Specialists

1220 S Higley Rd Ste 106
Mesa, AZ 85206
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Specialties

Dr. Michael A Pachtman has the following 1 specialty

  • Ophthalmology

    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.

  • Expertise

    9 Expertise

  • Eye Pain
  • Blindness
  • Lasik Surgery
  • Macular Degeneration
  • Eye Exam
  • Vision Issues
  • Glaucoma
  • Cataract
  • Diabetic Retinopathy

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Reviews

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One Star

All I can say is Beware, and read the other reviews. Dr. Pachtman told us he could correct our child's double vision and did not. Out of pocket thousands of dollars from what ins. didn't cover and our child has been traumatized. Office staff is unprofessional and rude. Worst bedside manner from a doctor we have ever experienced.

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Five Stars

Dr. Pachtman treated my son, Stephen, for congenital esotropia years and years ago. Thankfully, Dr. Pachtman was the best doctor I could have found for my son. He was a pioneer in ophthalmologic procedures back then and I am happy to say that my son's eye problems have been minimized thanks to Dr. Pachtman. Stephen is 35 now and does not wear glasses or contacts. He graduated from a 4 year nursing program with honors not only because he was smart, but because he could see!! If you are smart enough to choose a good physician like Dr. Pachtman, pat yourself on the back. He is brilliant!!

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One Star

Horrible experience no eye contact when talking to me and didn't ask if it was ok to dilate my child's eyes

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Never going back!

The FIRST "red flag" with Dr. Pachtman was when he told me that he could not give an eye prescription for glasses without doing a dilation of the eyes. In fact, he refused saying he couldn't write a prescription unless her eyes were dilated. Insurance doesn't even cover the dilation whose purpose is to check the health of the eye, not to write an eyeglass prescription. I should have walked out then. I let him know that Dr. Underdahl (also in his practice but on medical leave) did not require the eyes to be dilated and was able to write a prescription last time without it. Then he began to taut himself (which I consider the SECOND red flag because he discounted his associate) as following the utmost in pediatric eye care. If they are so ahead of the times, why doesn't the practice use the $85,000 laser machine to read the back of the eye and record it on a computer in a half of a second instead of painful eye drop dilation, especially considering that this is a PEDIATRIC practice? My 11 year old daughter was in tears (she has never cried during all of her appointments over the past 6 years) the assistant did not even warn her that she was going to put the drops in. She just did it as fast as she could and my daughter kept repeating to me throughout the day,"why didn't she warn me?" This is not good practice for pediatric care. Better would be to explain what is going to be done and how it is going to feel. I order my daughter's glasses online at Zennis and asked Dr. Pachtman if he could give me the PD number. He said he could not (THIRD red flag) and that he did not have the machine and that I would need to go to an Optometrist. I was in disbelief that this was an eye doctor who writes scripts for glasses and could not give me the PD number. I think he noted my disbelief and sent his assistant for a ruler which was not metric and then she returned with one that had metric on one side and he gave me a rough number telling me that is wasn't exact. My daughter has been with Dr. Underdahl (who is in the same practice) for the past 6 years being treated for Strabismus Esotropia diagnosed at the age of 3. This is who I had to compare Dr. Pachtman to and probably why Dr Pachtman got so defensive. Dr. Underdahl gets great reviews and deservedly so. As I read through the negative reviews for Pachtman, I can picture perfectly how true they are. I can also picture that his positive reviews probably involved parents/patients who did not question him. ALL of my daughter's visits with Dr. Underdahl have either maintained her same prescription or brought her prescription down. This is a trend that was expected I was told by Underdahl. However, Dr. Pachtman wrote a stronger prescription (FOURTH red flag) . I believe this will begin to undo the work that has been done to strengthen her weaker eye. I will not be using the prescription he wrote until another eye doctor confirms it is accurate. I will not be going back to this practice since Dr. Underdahl I learne

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One Star

Put my baby in the completely wrong prescription- went for a second opinion when my child wouldn't wear the glasses and the new dr cut the prescription in half as well as discovered a small degree of astigmatism that was over looked

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  • Awards

    1 Award

  • Patients' Choice Award (2009, 2008)

    Patients' Choice recognition reflects the difference a particular physician has made in the lives of his/her patients. The honor is bestowed to physicians who have received near perfect scores, as voted by patients.

  • Hospital Affiliations

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  • Education

    40 Years Experience

  • University Of Kentucky College Of Medicine

    Graduated in 1978

  • Clarian Health Partners

    Residency

  • Accepted Insurance

    Dr. Michael A Pachtman accepts the following insurance providers.

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Locations & Directions

Arizona Pediatric Eye Specialists, 1220 S Higley Rd Ste 106, Mesa, AZ

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