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Dr. Phil A Aitken 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.
- Eye Pain
- Vision Issues
- Diabetic Retinopathy
- Eye Exam
- Lasik Surgery
- Macular Degeneration
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Dr. Aiken may have the credentials, however, he is dismissive, sarcastic, and arrogant. At each appointment, I find myself waiting at least an hour or more for him. There is no apology for the back-up and you get the feeling like you are very fortunate to be able to see him. When I first saw him, a few years back, he provided very little in the way of a diagnosis regarding the symptoms and how they might affect me permanently. Nor did he inquire as to any other health issues I was experiencing to determine if there was a possible connection. At my most recent visit, I explained how my recent diagnosis indicated that there was indeed a tie to the eye problems I had been experiencing. Dr. Aitken reacted as being a little cross with me, if not dismissive of my diagnosis (rare and painful). My most recent visit was a waste of time and I'll not return to him. Arrogance in medicine should not be tolerated. A doctor's time is NOT more valuable than the rest of us; patients' questions should be listened to and responded to and a doctor worth his salt will at least consider how a current problem may be related to other health issues or conditions; a modicum of compassion and/or empathy are important, if not essential. Instead, the aloof and dismissive manner of this person if both cold and non-caring.
Dr. Aitken is absolutely wonderful! I brought my son to him after visiting several doctors all of whom did nothing but make both my son and I feel scared and hopeless until we met Dr. Aitken! He is very thorough, kind, caring and compassionate! My five year old son loves him as do my husband and I. I honestly just want to hug the man when I see him. We need more doctors Like him!
This was the second time I had seen Dr Aitken. The first time I thought he was fine; a fairly thorough exam, reasonable waiting time and he was courteous and knowledgeable. This appointment however, was terrible. I waited an hour plus to see him, and he rushed through the exam, dictated his diagnosis to his PDA without ever actually addressing me, and when I asked if I needed to get a stronger prescription for my glasses his response was "that depends- do you have lots of money to spend?" I know they were behind schedule in the office that day, but he seemed uninterested in answering my questions and told me if I had any further concerns to make another appointment or to talk to my Neurologist.
Although I'm a patient with complicated issues that I don't blame Dr. Aitken having difficulty with, I was highly disappointed in his mannerisms. He stared me in the eye and told me there was nothing he could do for me in one simple sentence. No suggestions; no referrals; no ideas; nothing. After long, painful testing, waiting around for 4 hours to hear his opinion, that was it. Bedside manner still speaks volumes!!
51 Years Experience
Baylor College Of Medicine
Graduated in 1967
Dr. Phil A Aitken accepts the following insurance providers.
- Aetna Choice POS II
- Aetna Signature Administrators PPO
BCBS Blue Card
- BCBS Blue Card PPO
- CIGNA HMO
- CIGNA Open Access Plus
- CIGNA PPO
- Empire PPO
- First Health PPO
- Harvard Pilgrim ChoiceNet HMO
- Harvard Pilgrim HMO
- Harvard Pilgrim PPO
- UHC Navigate HMO
- UHC Options PPO
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Locations & DirectionsThe University of Vermont Medical Center Main Campus, 111 Colchester Ave, Burlington, VT
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