Ratings for Dr. Amber Sheikh
Very professional office. Dr. Sheikh is very good at what she does. My only complaint is that I was booked for an appointment at 4:15, had my driver lined up, and was called the same day as my appointment to move my time to 3:00 or 3:15. I would have appreciated being actually booked at 3:15, if the 4:15 appointment was not really available. It would have been nice to have been contacted prior so that I didn't need to scramble to make sure my driver could accommodate me. I actually didn't see the Doctor until about 4:15 or later.
Dr. Sheikh was incredibly helpful and patient in addressing any concerns I had, and the wait time was reasonable, especially in comparison to 3 hour waits I've experienced seeing specialists in Toronto and there also not being enough ophthalmologists to adequately serve Niagara.
Dr Sheikh is certainly pleasant/friendly enough but I felt like her entire clinic is nothing short of an assembly line with a pre-determined outcome for patients. The wait time to be seen was about 20-25 mins. I saw an assistant of some type who quickly looked in my eyes and had me read off a few lines of letters/numbers. I was then told to wait in the next line of seats and seen by a second assistant who said "you're here because of dry eyes?". No, I was not and that was not the issue. I explained my health history and the reason for the referral to Dr Sheikh and this assistant did a quick pressure test. I then waited to see Dr S. When Dr Sheikh came in the room she again said "Ok, so you're here because of your dry red eyes". Again, I said "no" and gave a brief history and the treatments I had to date. Dr Sheikh looked in one eye for a maximum of 3-5 seconds (maybe less) and escorted me to a room to see a nurse who "is from Toronto". Once in that room this nurse explained all of the additional services for a fee. $60 to have my dry eyes tested. I agreed to the test to rule this possibility out. SURPRISE... a perfectly normal reading. The nurse continued to recommend 2 other products for eye lubrication despite the normal reading. I asked if I would be able to see Dr Sheikh again during my visit as I had only seen her for 30 seconds at that point. After a 15-20 min wait, Dr Sheikh returned to the room I was in with the nurse, for another 30 secs and when I asked what the issue was, she said to try the products and come back. I have a pre-med background and was speaking in medical terms and asked clear questions about the lack of diagnosis. Again, it was dismissed and Dr. Sheikh literally was walking out of the room in mid sentence. My own optometrist was MUCH more thorough and I am completely unhappy with the service and lack of assessment I received at this clinic. I am convinced that Dr Sheikh is receiving financial benefit/kick-back from the products that are pushed in her office. Every patient who left seemed to be paying out of pocket for OTC items that were sold in the clinic. I don't feel that my eye issue was treated seriously nor examined thoroughly. Now to wait for a second opinion. Reception staff was not at all friendly or helpful. Very busy assembly line type office. I saw no patient being treated any differently than me. Total time in the office was 1 hr 15 mins to see the physician for a whopping 1 minute of that.
Dr Amber sheikh has got to be by far the most impressive physician I have ever met. She is the most knowledgable ophthalmologist I have seen. I have been having vision problems for years now. Dr sheikh was immediately on the ball and was actually able to correctly discover my problem for which I'll leave the details out. I am very happy to have such a doctor in our region. We are fortunate and blessed to have such a kind-hearted, beautiful, young doctor that attends to our every needs!
MISDIAGNOSIS To keep this comment short and to the point Detailed eye tests,. Told I had a stroke. Told I need to see a neurologist. Neurologist confirmed no stroke. Dr S somewhat perturbed when I asked who do we belive. Told me I MUST not drive and return in 1 month for follow up test. Follow up test she confirmed that MTO will take my liscence now and she is obligated to send her results to them. I probed more and insisted on a afield a Vision Test, the MTO official test. She HESITANTLY did it and VOILA, passed with flying colours! I'm good to drive.. Anyone want to explain this incompetency to me? She is NOT qualified to diagnose strokes. She is NOT qualified to determine legal driving ability. Her Patient Centred Care severely lacks. Please, please get second opinions where she is concerned and explore all your options.
I went to emerg. in Niagara Falls because my right eye was almost swollen shut, it felt like a hot needle was being stabbed into my eye ball. Emerg to me right away, had a doctor examine my eyes, did some tests and then phoned Dr. Sheilkh. I went to her office at 7.00p.m. and she was caring, professional, just a wonderful person and doctor, she put a contact which had medication on my eye. Dr. Sheikh was gentle, understanding... honestly I don't know another Specialist who would spend over 3 hours searching for an explanation to what was happening to my eye. I then went back to emerg for a cat scan, more blood work, and later IV with 2 different medications. In the morning the hospital got a taxi for me to go to Welland General to see another specialist (who I was not impressed with) & then a taxi came to bring me back to Niagara Falls Hospital...eventually I went home Tuesday afternoon. Her office called to see how I was doing after I got home and later called to make an appointment. When I went to her office the receptionist was very kind to me, I went and sat on the most comfortable chairs in the waiting room....now tell me what office do you know that has padded chairs for one to sit on? To me this showed another side of Dr. Sheikh. Her staff explained my eye examination before it started, after the first examination I had drops put in my eye and was told they would sting for a minute. (which they did). I was told what my vision was in each eye then asked to take a chair in the hallway...again the chairs were great! I had to wait a few minutes (which is really nothing) and then went into the examination room and again I had drops put in my eyes. Dr Sheikh came in about 5 minutes after I had sat down (again a very comfortable chair). She was quite surprised at how I looked from the first time she met me. She told me how worried she had been. She did an extensive examination, explained what had happened to my eye and if I had any problems again to call her office. She also asked what my family doctor felt when I had seen him. I would recommend her to everyone I know. She made me feel important to her. The staff treated me with respect, and were extremely nice. I must admit Dr. Sheikh spent the time that was needed with me. She is quite in demand, a very busy office.
the staff were not very helpful the receptionist seemed disinterested and it felt like a cattle call....call your name...sit at a machine...someone trying to add drops to your eyes no explanation why they were required...get really flustered when told no...go to next machine....go sit again ..wait ridiculous amount of time before name called again...more drops with no clear explanation...three min with the Dr who seemed to lack skill in explaining why or the benefits any of the testing and why she needed to dilate pupils when an optometrist does not need to because of advanced technology in use.
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