Ratings for Dr. James Dooner
I have been a patient with Austin Retina under Dr. James Dooner’s care for the last few years and I cannot say enough good things about it. I had a stroke and was having problems with my vision and I was petrified at the thought of losing my vision. Dr. Dooner and his staff have gone above and beyond what any other doctor has done for me. Ease of scheduling and compassionate care keep me coming back and I recommend him to anyone who needs eye care. Dr. Dooner always takes his time to explain procedures and keeps me informed about the status of my eye health. I never feel like I get lost in the shuffle of patients and feel like I’m being taken care of by a friend. He is qualified, thorough, and he and his staff always make me feel welcome.
I have been seeing Dr. Dooner for several years to combat the effects of wet macular degeneration in both eyes and he has been successful in arresting the progression of symptoms. I recommend him highly to anyone requiring retinal treatments for any reason.
Dr. Dooner's talent, expertise, patience, and care were a bright spot in an otherwise very dark time for me. He performed a vitrectomy and scleral buckle surgery to repair a retinal detachment in my one remaining eye. The surgery was done skillfully and the recovery was managed with great care. He was patient, answered questions, and actively worked to make the recovery as painless (physically and emotionally) as possible.
Doonan seems like a knowledgable guy. His staff is very good. I could do with a little less attitude. He sort of struts in like a CEO after his assistants do most of the work. Not a great listener. For someone to evaluate tests and make a decision, he's probably very good. If the task requires obtaining information from the patient and making a decision, I'd not recommend him.
Non-communicative. Gave me very little information about my condition or the prognosis for my vision. Responses to my questions were generally pessimistic or abusive. For example, I once asked him about the scheduling of treatment for my condition. He returned a question: "What's the matter don't you want another X (potentially blinding condition)?" Usually angry (in an abusive manner). For example, he spent most of one visit angrily screaming at me, for no reason. Delighted at his own attempts to scare/intimidate patients, he delivered the worst possible news with a laugh or at least a grin. Unnecessary touching: he unnecessarily touched me on least four occasions, when he had already established a hostile atmosphere.
Several years ago, had retinal detachment & he performed surgery. Was left with blind spot in eye nowhere near the detachment. When asked questions about this (and other lingering issues), he got angry and non-communicative. To this day, I wonder if something went wrong with the surgery and wish I could ask him honestly what happened.
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