Dr. Rob Piemontesi


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Rating: 4.1 out of 5 (5 is best), based on 21 reviews. Dr. Rob Piemontesi has a good overall rating on RateMDs.com. smile

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Ophthalmologist-related: eye treatment, eye diseases, vision, eye surgery, corneal surgery, oculoplastics and reconstruction surgery, intraocular lens implantation, refractive surgery, cataract surgery, corneal transplantation, glaucoma, low vision, uveitis, corneal infections, hereditary dystrophies, eye laser surgery, vision correction surgery
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RID: 2916062
17/10/13 5 5 5 5 Dr. Piemontesi is thorough, answers questions and provides information on procedures. Both procedures to remove cataracts from my left and right eyes were successful and I now have 20/20 vision in my right eye and much better vision in my left eye which was damaged by a macular hole.  Respond
RID: 2806539
22/08/13 4 3 5 5 Best eye specialist ever! Saw him from ages 3-8. He is greatly missed in saskatoon, would move provinces to be able to be his patient again :)  Respond
RID: 2745253
02/08/13 3 1 2 4 Dr. Piemontesi runs a busy office but despite being in new surroundings, there is still a feeling of stress emanating from his staff. I do not know if it is overbooking that is the cause, but everyone, although kindly, seems in a hurry and seldom does anyone take time to answer questions. The office waits are long but your appointment with Dr. Piemontesi is less than satisfying---he is polite but obviously he feels everyone understands eye conditions as well as he does as he tends to be impatient when asked questions. Unfortunately, Dr. Piemontesi thought my husband was someone else when he spoke with him as he gave my husband a startling diagnosis with little explanation. We called later to book another appointment for clarification. This time the diagnosis was not as dire but there was no explanation or apology offered for what occurred previously. This was our first experience with an eye specialist and we were not impressed. We have chosen a different doctor. 
Insurance: MSP
RID: 2670569
04/06/13 4 3 3 5 A great Dr. but does not give you adequate time. Last appointment after assistants did their work and sent to see the Dr 2 patients ahead of me and I was out of his office under 15 minutes I may have been in his office for 5 minutes  Respond
RID: 2643375
08/05/13 4 4 5 5 I have been seeing Dr. P for the last 18 months. He has ALWAYS been very polite and answers all my questions. I was afraid when I first went into his office thinking that I was on my way to loosing my sight. Even though he does not give you any idle chat while you are in the office, he has never made me feel like he did not have time to explain what he needed to do to help me. I have to go to his office at least every 6 months for tests and the staff have also always been very helpful. There has only ever been one incident with the staff and that was around Christmas when I was having tests done and my eyes had been frozen, one of the receptionists was wearing a continual flashing necklace and it was very hard on the eyes.  Respond
RID: 2588720
18/03/13 5 5 5 5 All was fabulous from beginning to end, appointments on time, great staff, very knowledgeable and to the point doctor, no waste of time, just made it happen, it was great.  Respond
RID: 2467703
06/11/12 4 2 3 3 My glaucoma has been deemed umanageable with medications for the last 8 months or so. I have been a patient of Piemontesi's since he first came here. I have always felt that he can't spare me the time of day to answer questions about my serious condition. I feel that he has a personal dislike toward me.He definitely brushes off my questions about ny serious condition and I can hear him speaking at length to patients in the next room with in depth explanations about less serious conditions.I have no idea really what his knowledge is as he doesn't share it with me!He has performed both lazer treatments and surgeries on me as well as giving injections in my eye without much explanation to it.Most things I research myself.He has had a Dr. sylvia Chen from Vancouver fill in for him in recent months and she is excellent!She performed a surgery on me and was great with her follow up and providing information!I will be moving on>Hopefully to a more compassionate Dr. and human being! 
Insurance: BC Med
RID: 2424498
13/09/12 3 1 3 4 Very arrogant and rude with little time for his patients. Books too many and then runs late very late.  Respond
RID: 2384906
26/07/12 5 3 4 5 I am very grateful to have discovered Dr. Piemontesi. His prognosis of my glaucoma was blunt and honest. He knew precisely what to do to save my sight. He prescribed precisely the eyedrops and laser therapy that will restore my eyesight. He is not the warmest physician I have ever encountered, but I was not looking for Mother Teresa in my situation. Thanks to his expertise in his field the original prognosis which was bleak is now extraordinarily encouraging. This man knows what he is doing. Without this man's intervention I could have been blind within six months to a year. Dr. Piermontesi is an eye saver! Although he works in a very busy environment he took the time to answer all of my questions. I could not be more pleased with Dr. Rob. Highly recommended!  Respond
RID: 2341273
09/07/12 2 1 1 3 I had cataract surgery May 24/12, and was charged $325.00 for a monofocal lens. I happened to browse the ministry of health website a week later and discovered that the entire cost of a monofocal lens would be paid by the province effective June 4/12. There was no prior indication of this from Piemonti or his staff, and of course, his office sells patients the lenses at a profit. When questioned about this matter, his assistant was unable to provide any satisfactory answers or reasonable explanation for not advising patients of these changes which they had known about for a number of months. When an opthalmologist is getting paid the same amount by healthcare for a procedure that used to take approx. 1 hr., but now is done in 10-15 min., he doesn't need to pad his income at the expense of people on fixed income  Respond
RID: 2124220
09/05/12 3 1 3 3 Haven't seen the doctor personally but tried to contact the office regarding my parent and they are DIFFICULT TO GET HOLD OF! Answering machine said they answer the phone 8:30-4:30 M-F but no answer between 8:30-8:40 (when I had to go to work). Answering machine does not take messages. If you're going to be late getting in, at least let someone leave a message!!!!  Respond
RID: 1525717
30/08/11 5 2 4 5 In my opinion, he is the best glaucoma surgeon on Vancouver Island.  Respond
RID: 1332324
10/01/11 5 3 5 5 Performed cataract surgery, great experience. Very business like with no idle chat. Gets to the point and gets it done. Highly recommended  Respond
RID: 1196694
25/06/10 2 1 2 4 Staff very snippy, not helpful. I agree that he always running late and you are in and out with still some questions to be answered  Respond
RID: 1121199
05/03/10 4 1 4 5 Dr Piemontesi diagnosed cataracts in both eyes when my regular optometrist missed both (lather found out she was also an Opthalmologist). He runs his office like a well-oiled machine; many, many patients in the waiting room and waits can sometimes exceed 2 hours! But he seems to really know his stuff and takes care to do checks and re-checks before the surgery.  Respond
03/07/09 SYSTEM: 2 positive duplicate or disallowed ratings automatically removed 
RID: 858422
10/04/09 5 4 5 5 Very kind, knowledgeable and explains everything. I can see because of this doctor's skill. 
Paid (or co-pay): $1500
RID: 757386
07/01/09 5 5 5 5 He was incredible! His staff were awesome! Dr. Piemontessi went way out of his way to help my family when my son had a recent eye injury and ended up in the hospital. Piemontessi continuously checked on my son daily, ensured everything was perfect, he helped us, did not rush us, he did not make us feel like a burden, I highly recommend him!  Respond
RID: 721622
13/11/08 5 3 5 5 As someone who works in the Optical field, I have had the pleasure of dealing with Dr. Piemontesi and he has been nothing but extremely knowledgeable and helpful to our patients. His office is always willing to book someone in on short notice when a patient has an urgent condition. In response to a previous comment, I'm not sure what kind of service (or lack thereof) that Walmart provides but it is nowhere near the quality and level of expertise that you will get from an Ophthalmologist.  Respond
RID: 692527
28/09/08 5 3 5 5 I found this man to be extremely professional, helpful, and very receptive to making me understand my eye problem....unlike another who allowed my condition to deteriorate without a simple prescription. Dr. Piemontesi although the bearer of bad tidings regarding my sight, nevertheless answered all my questions, and was insistent of starting remedial treatment immediately...I can ask for no more  Respond
RID: 314394
09/05/07 1 2 3 Packs in patients like cattle, make you wait for at least 45 min, then does not listen to you, acts like a God. Lets his assistant charge for services that are WAY CHEAPER at wall mart  Respond
RID: 282009
16/04/07 1 4 5 Runs late but good if you are in need of advanced eye care. Julie is missed!  Respond