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MOST INSURANCES ACCEPTED. VISION PLAN VSP AT THE DOWNTOWN LOCATION ONLY ABOUT DR.WALLIS Dr. Darren Wallis received a doctor of optometry from SUNY, State College of Optometry in 1998. While studying at SUNY he received a research grant funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH) and performed several studies on myopia and its progression. The results of his research were presented at the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) and were published in several journals, including Ophthalmology and Vision Science. While at SUNY, he also participated in research in the area of Contact Lenses, and upon graduation he was the recipient of the Alcon Excellence Award in Contact Lenses. In November of 2011, Dr. Wallis was recognized by the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) for the extensive work he has done for the FDNY. He was sworn in by the Commissioner of the FDNY, at a special ceremony held in New York City, where he was given the distinctive ranking of Honorary Chief Medical Officer of the FDNY. Dr. Wallis is an accomplished Jazz Guitarist and he performs regularly in both jazz clubs and in jazz festivals throughout New York City. He is also an avid tennis fanatic and a USTA ranked 4.5 tennis player. ABOUT THE OFFICE Associate Ophthalmologist has been serving the Wall Street community for over 45 years. Our offices, located at 150 Broadway and 305 East 40th Street are available for all of your eye care needs. The doctors and staff of Associate Ophthalmologists are dedicated to providing comprehensive medical and surgical care. We provide state of the art eye care and specialize in refractive surgery, including LASIK, PRK, LASAK , refractive lens exchanges, glaucoma, glaucoma surgery and cataracts. We offer complete contact lens services that include hard, soft, daily and disposable lenses. Cosmetic, bifocal, multifocal and specialty lenses are also available. We welcome and accommodate new patients to our practice. Same day appointments available for emergencies. OPTICAL DISPENSARY (150 BROADWAY LOCATION ONLY) For your convenience our onsite optical dispensary is staffed by a licensed optician. A complete line of fashion eye wear, sunglasses, sport goggles and low vision aids are offered in a varied price range. Local home and office fitting is available by special appointment. Many optical plans are accepted.
Verified Patient Reviews
Dr. Wallis is competent, friendly and overall great!
I've been seeing Dr. Wallis for many years. He is very thorough and a great communicator. He is patient with questions and I never feel rushed. His office is well-run and the staff are generally very kind and pleasant.
Dr. Wallis was really great! He was very friendly and made me feel comfortable. Immediately after concluding the appointment I knew that I wanted to make him my regular doctor.
Dr. Wallis was very pleasant, efficient and thorough - I appreciate his bedside manner and I plan on making him my regular OD going forward. I scheduled an appointment via ZocDoc randomly because of his close proximity to my office and I'm very pleased that I did!
Dr Wallis is kind, knowledgeable, and patient. He takes the time to address all of my concerns and explains everything very clearly. Thank you!
He was thorough and knowledgeable, I’ll be back.
Extremely attentive and personable. Overall a great experience and will definitely be back again!
I had a lot of questions about lasik and Dr. Wallis answered everything and helped my determine the best course of action. Highly recommend.
Excellent customer service and Dr. Wallis is a pleasure.
Very knowledgeable and honest. Highly recommend to anyone with eye problems.
Best optometrist I've been too. Very friendly and professional, great modern equipment.
The doctor and staff were very quick and professional. It was my first time at an Optometrist but they helped me and explained the process in a simple way. The office was very neat and clean, I would recommend going here to anyone. The wait time was not that long I can't choose right away because I did have to fill out paperwork since it was my first time but I consider next time the wait time will be quicker.
I've been seeing Dr. Wallis for years. It's always a good experience. He's great; so is his entire staff.
Very professional. Excellent staff .
It's always a pleasure seeing Dr. Darren Wallis. Excellent communicating and very understanding to your worries.
He is an absolutely amazing doctor. I would recommend him 100%!!!!
Excellent doctor! Friendly and competent!
Very Nice!! Down to earth and very knowledgeable!!
Per usual, my visit with Dr. Wallis was great. He was able to explain the issue that I was having with my eyes and quickly devise a treatment plan, all while maintaining his reassuring demeanor.
I think dr Wallis is the consummate professional. Very knowledgeable and skilled. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend him.
I've been a patient of Dr. Wallis's since I was a child. He is a very friendly and professional doctor that is able to answer any questions you may have about your eyes. The entire team at Associate Ophthalmologists is also very pleasant. I would recommend him wholeheartedly.
Dr. Wallis was friendly and efficiently conducted the examination while explaining what he was doing, which I appreciated. He also answered multiple questions thoroughly. The front reception staff were friendly as well. Highly recommended.
Dr. Wallis is fantastic. He is kind, competent, has a sense of humor, and takes time to answer all questions. The reception staff is great too. I highly recommend everyone there.
Awful front desk staff. Extremely rude. If you're ordering contacts through them forget it. Urgency isn't there, continually hung up on (get your phones in order!) and never expect a call back when they say they'll do so. While the DR is just okay (I'm seen for about less than 5 minutes) not worthwhile and all the way down in Financial. Yuck.
I had a great appointment today with the doctor and his staff. My wait time was minimal (two to three minutes). The team was professional and movement through different parts of the exam were well organized. Dr. Wallis also took the time to answer all of my questions. If you are making an appointment with an optometrist, go here!
I really enjoy this practice. It is professional, clean and prompt. Dr Wallis is great and takes time to speak with you about your eye care.
I really liked this doctor! Professional and kind, and his staff members were all really nice and helpful, too.
Very attentive; detailed oriented and caring. Would recommend him to friends and colleagues.
Nice staff, nice office, great doctors, would highly recommend Dr. Wallis.
Perfect as usual
awesome Eye doctor. Highly recommended- friendly and very professional. Also, his staffs are commendable.
Friendly and professional!
Dr. Wallis is very professional and has lots of positive energy. There was minimum wait at his office.
Always friendly, professional, and informative!
Dr. Wallis is an outstanding OD Excellence is the word that he represents. He is the best!
There was just a bit of a wait, but he apologized for it. All the staff were very nice.
Dr. Wallis was by far the best optometrist I've seen. He was very open and willing to answer all my questions. Dr. Wallis was very thorough and ensured he investigated all my symptoms fully. I really appreciated his service and the assistance of the office staff who were friendly and made the heath insurance process easy (as I needed help getting my papers organized).
Very professional and thorough. Will definitely continue to go.
Ideal vist, professional staff and amazing Doctor.
This was hands down one of the best offices, staffs and Doctors my wife and I have seen. Everyone was so helpful and professional. Dr. Wallis has a wonderful energy , beside manner and was extremely thorough. Thanks again to the full team and Mary at the front.
I had a great experience. Clean and welcoming office, helpful and friendly staff. Dr Wallis was friendly, engaging, thorough and explained everything. It also seems as if he doesn't sell glasses out of his office so there was no hard sell afterwards. I'll definitely be going back.
Dr. Wallis is wonderful. Personable, thorough, all-around nice. I have been coming to him for several years. It's always a excellent experience. The staff in the office is lovely as well.
I had a very positive visit with Dr. Wallis. He proved knowledgable and thorough on all counts, but was also personable and relatable - which made the experience that much better.
Great bedside manner, was patient with me and explained a lot of things. Would definitely see again.
Great visit. Dr. Wallis has a wonderful and professional bedside manner. Although there was a short wait to be seen (it was lunchtime so it was understandably busy), he was very apologetic and otherwise very efficient.
best eye doctor I have ever seen in NYC
Everyone in the office was very nice and helpful. The office was clean. Dr. Wallis was super thorough and friendly. I would recommend him to anyone!
Dr. Wallis was fantastic. I went in for an eye injury and he explained everything well and completely and I felt like he was taking good care of me.
Excellent doctor. Always takes the time to explain everything going on with my eyes, and makes appropriate recommendations.
I love Dr. Wallis. I have been going to him for many years. He is knowledgeable, professional, and approachable, and explains whatever issues I have with my eyes. I trust him 100%. Whenever I switch jobs, I am always relieved to find out he is covered under my new insurance.
Very informative and friendly.
Pleasant office environment, efficient check-in process. modern examination rooms and medical equipment. Eye exam was thorough and clear. I left very happy with the visit.
Dr. Wallis, as well as the entire office staff, was very professional and courteous. I was seen promptly after completing the initial paperwork. Dr. Wallis took his time explaining my exam results and made sure that any questions and concerns I had were addressed. I would highly recommend Dr. Wallis to others
Dr. Wallis came highly recommended by two colleagues. He met those high expectations - as did his staff. The office was immaculate (though I wish it weren't QUITE so far east) and I felt I was in good hands. I've already urged my brother to see him. My one quibble is with ZocDoc, for warning me that he didn't take my insurance (Aetna). He does, and he did!
Friendly and efficient exam, highly recommended. Great staff too.
Great experience with Dr. Wallis. Explained everything, double checked some concerns of mine, was super efficient and even hooked me up with some freebies. He also was sensitive to giving me the real scoop on contacts and pricing.
Great. Very thorough, takes the time to address my concerns and educate where necessary.
Dr. Wallis is a true professional. He is excellent at explaining eye conditions and the medical studies that influence the recommended treatment. I highly recommend Dr Wallis for all eye care issues. The only negative regarding this practice is the front desk employees can be difficult to deal with. The dr.s and nurses are great but the receptionists probably should not be working in customer service jobs,
I felt like I was in the best hands of any doctor's visit I have ever had. Dr. Wallis was very clear and focused in his dialogue with me and showed that he wanted to go the extra mile to make sure I was comfortable and well informed.
Dr. Wallis is excellent! He's knowledgeable, experienced, and has a superb bedside manner. This is my second time seeing him, and he's definitely one of the best doctors I've ever had. I highly recommend, and will remain his patient as long as I'm living in this city.
Very professional and patient. Explained everything to me and answered all of my questions.
One of the best doc visits I've ever had. He was very professional and extremely friendly. Would high recommend him!
Clean and recently renovated office with friendly staff. Dr. Wallis was very thorough in his analysis and I look forward to going back to him for future eye related appointments.
My visit was very quick and Dr. Wallis was very nice. He was on his cell phone briefly. He explained that my eyes have. Hanged a bit and gave me some sample contacts to try out.
Loved Doctor Wallis, loved everyone I worked with in the office, everyone was helpful and personable and the facilities were very clean and organized, overall a lovely office!
Went in for my annual eye exam. Dr. Wallis was great, he explained everything that was going to be done during the visit and where my vision stacked up. I am definitely happy I found Dr. Wallis' practice and will continue to go back to him when needed.
Great guy! Informative and Concise
I just had a regularly checkup and it was quick and painless.
very professional, very efficient, very friendly.
Dr.Wallis was very professional and personable. I felt that he really cared for my condition and willing to answer any questions I might have. I highly recommend him based on my first visit.
Very patient and explains things. Uses state of the art equipment.
Dr. Wallis did a great job. Was personable and did a thorough job examining my eyes. Would highly recommend.
Very professional and thorough. Thank you Dr. Wallis.
Dr. Wallis is an amazing attentive and professional
Very nice guy, thorough and personal.
Dr. Wallis and his staff are the very best!
I've been to many, many eye doctors in my life, and Dr. Wallis is truly excellent. Knowledgeable, patient, and very clear in explaning things, he's someone I would recommend heartily to any of my friends or family members.
Dr. Wallis was very nice and took the time to explain to me my eye situation answer all my questions patiently. His office staff were very nice and the office was very clean.
Excellent visit all around. Great attentive doctor, nice and friendly staff.
Dr. Wallis was very friendly and well-mannered. I was a new patient and I was really comfortable addressing the concerns I had. I have already made Dr. Wallis my primary OD!
Really smart and personable doctor. Would definitely recommend.
Dr. Wallis is very professional and knowledgeable. His staff is efficient and courteous. There was really no wait time. I would highly recommend him.
Dr. Wallis is great. Would strongly recommend.
I got annually for an eye exam. Wait usually isn't that bad and I like Dr. Willis' doctoring style.
The office is very clean and pleasant. The front desk staff are all friendly and made everything easy. Dr. Wallis had a nice bedside manner, and took time to thoughtfully answer questions. I only had a regular eye exam for a contact lens prescription, so can't speak to people with other reasons for visiting, but it was a great experience for me.
The doctor was nice and professional. However I had the worst experience with the receptionist who was extremely rude and I had to wait 45min to finally see the doctor. The check out desk was very rude as well when I asked about copay. For the reasons, I'll look for other office.
Can't say enough positive things about Dr. Wallis. Great bedside manner, utilizes new technology to get better outcomes (i.e., better Rx), great staff. I got to the office early and they managed to get me in right away vs. making me wait. Highly, highly recommend.
The staff is friendly and professional. The facility is clean and neat as are the display cases. Many frames to choose from even for the most unique client.
The receptionist could have been a little nicer. I wanted to pay before going into my appointment and that seemed to put her in a bad mood because she kept repeating that I had to pay AFTER and that I should "go over there" directing thumb to the side. The lady who processed the copay was like you didn't need to waste time getting her info if it is already in the system, so if there is a faster way tpo admit patients please receptionists work together to make it happen-do not treat patients like pawns.
My second visit to Dr. Wallis was even better than my first. So friendly and really takes the time with patients to explain their vision and prescriptions. Highly recommend!
Very professional and thorough and gave me helpful tips and advice.
Very professional ... no wait time. Very patient...took time to answer questions. I felt very comfortable the entire time. and did not try to persuade me to purchase glasses that I did not need.
I was satisfied with the treatment I received today
Dr. Wallis was great! He was very thorough and took the time to explain and address all of my questions. Come here if you want a full extensive evaluation.
Doctor Darren was terrific! He answered all my questions and really took the time to clarify them. Would definitely continue to visit him in the future!
wonderful. He was smart, friendly, pleasant and on the ball.
there was more than hour wait but I dont think it was because of the doctor staff, i believe zocdoc confirmed appointment didnt go through their system and they couldnt pull my chart. My appointment of 1240 wasnt attended until 145. The doctor is phenomenon!
Great first time visit for annual eye exam. Dr. Wallis was caring and took the time to answer all of my questions. Highly recommended. The office can be a little busy during peak hours but the staff is very nice and accommodating.
I highly recommend Darren Wallis. Very impressive as this was my first eye doctor relationship in NYC. Right on the mark.
Doctor Wallis is the only doctor I actually don't mind going to see. It's like meeting an old friend that also checks your eyes. He's extremely nice, very thorough, very patient and will take as much time as needed to explain stuff to you and answer questions.
This was hands down the best Optometrist experience I've had in 20 years. Dr. Wallis was quick, thorough, and very professional. The office staff didn't try to sell me on glasses or contacts, i just got my prescription and was on my way. Highly recommend.
He was fantastic and very warm. He also apologized multiple times for the wait, so it's possible this was an anomoly.
Darren was wonderful! Extremely knowledgeable, friendly and efficient. He took time with the eye exam and explained each test. Would highly recommend!
Excellent doctor. Knowledgable. Good manners.
Dr Wallis and his staff are wonderful. I always feel extremely comfortable being there and it's always quick and efficient. Dr. Wallis is a great doctor always willing to discuss any questions you have and genuinely cares.
This was a great appointment. I did not have to wait long and Dr. Willis was very professional and the staff was nice too.
He was terrific very helpful in explaining the tests and diagnosis, the staff also very helpful and nice
Dr. Wallis was great! I went in for a checkup and contacts; I left with the comfort of knowing that my eyes are healthy, as well as a bunch of contact samples to test! I would definitely recommend this office to anyone looking for a positive optometrist experience.
GREAT experience!!!! The office is run very well! Once I checked in for my appointment they called my name about 5-10mins later. Everyone was very friendly especially Dr. Wallis. During my eye exam he explained everything he was doing and was very thorough. The appointment was fast but not rushed, more like they knew your time was valuable. My boyfriend will be making an appointment soon! So happy I have found a great eye doctor in NYC!
Darren is very knowledgable and helpful in explaining issues in layman's terms. I appreciate his approach and would highly recommend him.
I'm new to New York and needed to find an new optometrist. I really liked Dr. Wallis and his team. The office was easy to find and very nice. Everyone was extremely friendly and helpful. Once I was in the exam room he saw me right away and the process went very smoothly. I will definitely be going back!
Dr. Wallis was great. Very personable, and was more than happy to explain everything to me. Highly recommend.
Loved the information I got from Dr. Wallis. He was thorough and brought up more information about my eyes (eye strain, etc) than I had received at past docs.
Highly recommend! He really listened and took great care of me
amazing doctor! Explained me things so well..I came in worries but left very happy!!!
Great doctor - was very good about explaining the reasoning behind everything we discussed.
Excellent experience. Thorough. Detailed.
Dr Wallis answered all my questions quickly and directly, and made sure to include me in every part of the decision-making process.
Very informative and great bedside manner. The eye exam itself was quick and Dr. Wallis provided a very helpful and comprehensive explanation. Wait time was a little longer but nothing to go crazy about.
Easy and informative visit. Dr. Wallis made me feel comfortable, explained all procedures and feedback in a way I could understand and got me out the door quickly. Happy to find a doctor I'll gladly be seeing again!
Dr. Wallis is fantastic. He did not rush, explained everything carefully, and answered all of my questions. Very smart and excellent bedside manner. The office he works in is also very high tech and the people who work there are very friendly. On busy days it can take a little while to be seen, so factor that in. Once it was about 15 minutes, and another time it was 45 minutes.
Very friendly man, very knowledge and a good first experience.
Dr Wallis was great. He was very thorough and took the time to explain everything he was going to do before he did it. I have a really difficult contact lens prescription and Dr Wallis really took the time to work with me to get the best fitting contact lenses.
Dr. Wallis responded to an acute condition (shingles) with courtesy, attention and top-notch care.
Quick to the point and work with my lunch schedule. Explained what every test was for.
My experience with Dr. Wallis was extremely pleasant. I hate going to to the eye doctor and he made me feel very comfortable and was very patient in dealing with my tendency to fidget if I'm having my eyes examined. He explained everything to me very clearly and was also patient in answering any questions I had. Very good experience.
Highly recommend Dr. Wallis. He was very thorough and educational. I'm pleased he is about quality, not quantity.
Dr. Wallis is excellent. He is excellent with contact lenses and got me to see perfectly after several years of being over prescribed by another physician. I highly recommend Dr. Wallis.
Horrible wait time - the entire thing took about two hours from the time I got there, even with paperwork already filled out prior to coming in! The waiting room wasn't full, so I was very confused and annoyed about the wait time. The doctor was great, which was nice... but I would never come back for a day time appointment considering that wait.
Dr. Wallis and the office staff are fantastic.
I've been going to Dr. Wallis for years. He's great.
Puts the patient at ease and is ready to answer questions of the patient.
Wonderful, thank you very much
Dr. Wallis was fantastic! Such friendly staff as well! I definitely feel like I can trust Dr. Wallis and he really helped explain what was going on with my eyes. Glad I found an optometrist!
The entire office staff from the front desk to Dr. Wallis had an excellent bedside manner and took personal interest in me. Dr Wallis was also not quick to prescribe glasses to me though I did have a slight astigmatism. He and his team are refreshing.
Dr. Wallis was absolutely fantastic! His office staff are so nice, and the doctor is super friendly. He was thorough and seemed to really care. Definitely a trustworthy doc. It was a very pleasant experience, and I look forward to my next check up!
Dr Wallis was really wonderful. I came in worried about some blurring in my vision after a head injury. He examined me, saw an area of concern, and immediately sent me to a specialist. Not only did he call ahead to the specialist so that he would see me as an emergency, Dr Wallis texted the specialist throughout the afternoon to check on my progress. Then, the next morning he called me to say that he had spoken with specialist (after I had seen him) and how happy he was to hear that there would be no permanent damage. He asked if I had any questions that I might have thought about after leaving the specialist's office or if I needed more information about my injury. This was the best and most personal follow up attention I have received from any doctor. And I was a first time patient! Dr Wallis really cares about his patients and will go the extra mile. Very highly recommend!
Very friendly; assuaged my nerves; great first visit to the eye doctor. Shout out to Erica in the office also for helping me get my first pair of glasses!
He is warm and engaging as well as a top notch professional. I was immediately comfortable as a patient. I felt I received the very best eye care. The entire staff was friendly and helpful. I will definitely go to him again.
Dr. Wallis was extremely friendly and professional. The rest of the staff were also efficient and helpful. Happy to have found such a great Optometrist.
Dr. Wallis is great. Actually he's probably one of the best doctor's I go to, especially if you have concerns that go beyond a yearly checkup or eye exam. The people that work at the practice are friendly and informative. They definitely make you feel like you are getting quality care!
I would highly recommend Dr. Wallis--the previous reviews were right on point! The offices at 150 Broadway are well appointed and the front desk staff is very helpful and friendly. Dr. Wallis took the time to answer questions and explain my prescription to me. Overall an excellent visit!
I saw Dr Wallis for an eye irritation. He was very thorough and knowledgeable. Takes his time with you without rushing through appointment. I would highly recommend him!
great doctor. takes the time to answer your questions! caring and professional too!
Everyone in the office is really nice. Dr. Wallis explained all of the tests, outcomes and his recommendations really thoroughly and patiently. This is especially important when your eyes have just been dilated, and everything is fuzzy!
Both doctor and staff are very professional, courteous and friendly.
He is great. very passionate about what her does.
I had very good experience with Dr. Wallis. He explains all my questions very clearly and really take time to do that too. he is really friendly and easy to talk to.
Incredibly friendly. Took his time with me and explained everything. Definitely recommended.
Dr. Wallis is a pro. He is also a very pleasant guy. He takes the time to explain everything and makes sure that the patient is comfortable. His staff is also great.
Great experience all the way around. Everyone was friendly and professional and Dr. Wallis was clear, thorough and informative.
He was friendly and thorough, and they fit me right in even though there was a scheduling mixup!
Dr Wallis was fantastic. Really personable and caring. Did a great job explaining the procedures and the results. He also took very good care of me when I became queasy from the glaucoma eye-drops offering water and fruit. The office is also new and updated. They have great equipment and a very nice staff. Highly recommended.!
Everyone I interacted with was very nice a professional. The eye exam process was the better of any exam I've had. Dr. Wallis extremely helpful and insightful.
Dr. Wallis is FANTASTIC. He's incredibly knowledgeable, has great bedside manner, explains everything, takes the time to answer questions, and overall a pleasant person to be around. The office and equipment is also very fancy and high tech. The waiting room is comfortable and large, the receptionists are friendly, and the equipment is modern and cutting edge. I can't imagine going anywhere else for eye exams anymore! The optometrists at your local eyeglasses store ain't got nothin on this place. Dr. Wallis is the real deal. As for price, insurance covered the whole thing (except the copay). That will obviously depend on your plan though.
Dr. Wallis is very friendly, professional and thorough. He answered all my questions and shared his valuable insight. I was very pleased and impressed.
Dr.Wallis is amazing. He is professional and at the same time sweet and caring. He offered his recommendation and made sure to set up further needed appointments with another doctor. I would recommend him to my family and friends without a doubt.
Great first visit. Dr. Wallis was very personable and explained every test he ran, along with how I should personally interpret the results and what to keep an "eye" on in the future. I don't think the visit could've gone any better, and I appreciate his upbeat attitude even at 9am!
Darren Wallis, OD was incredibly friendly and knowledgeable. He was quick and efficient, and genuinely cared about my satisfaction with the products he recommended. I will definitely recommend him to friends.
Excellent. I have my doubts whether I should write a positive recommendation since that will only mean it's gonna be harder to get an appointment. But Darren has so many good reviews, one more won't make a difference. I got great service, both from a medical as well as from a personal point of view. In short: highly recommended.
He took his time, was very thorough and answered my questions very clearly.
best eye doctor i've seen in new york. highly recommended.