Ratings for Dr. John Dickinson
I just recently had a detached retina repair surgery completed by Dr. Dickinson and found him to be very competent and professional. He's not one for chit chat which was fine by me as that was not what I was there for. He answered any questions I had and explained both the procedure and recovery details quite thoroughly. I would definitely recommend him to anyone requiring an eye surgery.
I had an unexpected surgery this Sunday. Dr. Dickinson was friendly and explained the reason why it was best not longer to wait with the surgery. The surgery itself was horrible but the reason could be that my eye was still sore from a previous operation on that eye, a week and a half before. It was painful, the light very very bright and even with the sedation I didn't feel relaxed and I could feel almost everything he was doing. Again I am not sure Dr. Dickinson could help it though. I really hope my eye will heal and my eye sight will return. I hope I never need an eye operation again. ;-)
I've never felt more like a number in my life as I did during my experiences with Dr. Dickinson. He certainly know's his stuff, and is a very capable and competent ophthalmologist, but make no mistake about it - he is in and out of the appointment room as quickly as possible. During my initial assessment, the nurse was fantastic - friendly yet professional - but from the time I saw her and had the drops put in my eyes, I waited about 2 hours to see Dr. Dickinson. He was nice enough, and very matter-of-fact and to the point, but he as quickly as he moved around, he did seem thorough in his examination. He was careful to explain exactly what was happening with my eye and why he had to repair it, which I was grateful for, but he went so fast that I didn't have time to think of any questions until after I'd left the building. I was able to get in quickly for my laser appointment - just one week after my assessment. That appointment went smoothly in one regard - I was only waiting about 30 minutes or so once the drop was in my eye - but I feel like I barely even saw Dr. Dickinson, although he was on the other end of the machine with the laser, guiding it. I have to go back in a few more months for a check-up, and I'm hoping that's the last time I have to deal with Dr. Dickinson for some time. He's a nice enough man, but I felt very rushed through the whole experience.
As others have said, Dr Dickinson is far to busy!! He is busy for a reason!! He is one of the best at what he goes. I have had numerous injections in an effort to maintain my vision, and EVERY visit goes down the same way. He is very focused and professional from the minute he walks thru the door. As others have said, he is not chatty. It is straight down to the business at hand. If you want "chatty", talk to the people in the waiting room. There are always plenty of people waiting there, and let the doctor do his job :)
Discourteous with a little god complex. No big deal if the work is good I decide,,,well as soon as there is a little post op issue or the results are not top notch you, the patient, become persona non grata. Had a second detached retina surgery with him and it didn't feel quite right immediately. After bringing this up at our first post op meeting suddenly it was like pulling teeth to get in to see him. After the first surgery I would book the next appt. and a week out I would get a confirmation call and then a day before reminder call. After mentioning my concerns after the second operation I got no phone calls. They actually sent me a letter, you know Canada Post, to advise me of an appointment for Dec the 29th. It was post marked the 22nd of December. It arrived Jan 5th with a letter post marked the 30th of Dec advising me I had missed my appt. They had my home land line number, office and cell numbers and an email address but they chose to "snail mail" me during the Holiday Season...it was the first time they had ever sent anything via post. Unbelievable.
I had a good experience with Dr. Dickinson - for the initial consultation, the surgery and the follow up. Everything seemed to run very efficiently and I found Dr. Dickinson to be polite, clear in his explanations and asked me if I was ok during the procedure. He's not chatty, but he's focused and good at what he does. That is what is important to me.
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