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David Chow is a well-rounded ophthalmologist serving his patients in Reston and Vienna, VA. Dr. Chow, who has been in practice since 1982, currently serves as Chair on the Political Action Committee Board of the Medical Society of Virginia, Richmond, VA. and he is President Emeritus of the Medical Society of Northern Virginia, McLean, VA. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the Medical Society of Virginia. Dr. Chow completed his medical education at Emory University, where he also earned his Master’s degree in public health. He worked at the Washington Hospital Center to complete his residency in ophthalmology. He also trained at the Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Washington, D.C. Dr. Chow’s clinical areas of expertise include patients who are experiencing dry eye, vision loss, macular degeneration, glaucoma, cataracts and cornea problems. In addition to performing routine eye exams and providing eyeglasses and contact lens prescriptions, Dr. Chow also treats eye emergencies such as eye trauma and glaucoma attacks. Utilizing a patient-centered approach to medicine, he treats all of his patients with the utmost care and respect, and looks forward to the opportunity to serve you and your family.
Verified Patient Reviews
Wonderful doctor and bedside manner. Enjoyed my visit!
I went in for an annual eye exam and for consultation regarding my dry eyes (I had LASEK 5 years ago). Dr Chow is very kind and thorough in his explanations of options of treatment. Fortunately I had no issues and he told me to come back in a year.
My wife saw Dr Chow and couldnt be happier. Dr Chow is professional, super nice and answered all our questions and took great care of us. Highly recommended!
Dr. Chow was very nice and I would recommend him
Dr. Chow was efficient and kind in his care for my eye ailments.
Fabulous...Dr. Chow was so professional, kind and super thorough. So happy I was able to be see as soon as I was. His staff was so nice and helpful...Definitely going back.
Dr Chow is a very nice doctor. Quick diagnosis and offered a good suggestion about my eyes. I would recommend him.
Dr. Chow was friendly and personable as soon as I met him - he was efficient and explained what he was doing every step of the appointment. Definitely plan on coming back!
Dr. Chow was great! He really helped me with my urgent issue.
Awful!!!! Unacceptable! Dr Chow was ver RUDE!!!!
Dr with very BAD attitude!!!!
Many tests performed, got referred to additional providers to gain a thorough assessment of my issue.
Great Eye Dr. Really nice, knows his stuff and fun.
Dr. Chow is a compassionate, professional and excellent ophthalmologist. I would recommend his practice to anyone.
Dr.Chow is kind and super patient! I really appreciated the time he spent with me
Dr. Chow is very patient with my parents. Knowledgeable, made us very comfortable during the entire Dr.visit.
Very congenial easy to talk to and a good listener
I was in a rush and the staff was very accommodating. Much appreciated.
Fast, friendly, warm, and competent. What more could anyone ask?
Have real confidence in Dr. Chow. He answers all of your questions Can publish if you use last initial only
Other than Dr. Chow's being a bit late the appointment was excellent.
Dr. Chow is thorough, knowledgeabl and personable. I wouldn't hesitate to reccomend him to friends and family.
Dr Chow was great. Highly recommend.
Dr Chow verified recovery for my eyes and recommended other doctors for primary care and neurology.
Dr Chow was knowledgeable, friendly, very competent and professional. A delight to have him take a look at my eyes.
Very knowledgeable, plesant and caring. Made me feel at ease.
I had a complication from a not very common procedure. Dr. Chow was extremely knowledgeable and made me feel completely at ease. He instilled a great deal of trust and really took his time with me to ensure that all of my questions were answered. I cannot recommend him highly enough!!
Dr Chow is awesome . He goes above and beyond
Dr. Chow is brimming with politeness. He is a very accomplished MD and one you can feel confident with.
Dr. Chow clearly cares about his patients and respects their time. His appointment schedule and time is spot on. He is complete with his analysis and generous with the time he spends explaining his diagnosis.
Dr. Chow is awesome. Knows his stuff and gives very thorough explanations. As someone who has only just recently needed vision correction, this was a very pleasant experience.
I had somewhat of an emergency and was pleased the doctor and staff made time to get me into the office within hours. Dr Chow was kind, caring, and quite patient during the time it took to handle my eye problem. He provided a thorough eye exam to quickly determine my issues, then made appropriate recommendations for further treatment. The doctor and staff were all friendly and professional.
Dr. Chow was great but overall I was left unsatisfied because of the long wait time and continual miscommunication on the staff's part. I specified I was visiting Dr. Chow for an eye exam and contact lens fitting and nowhere on Zocdoc nor through communication with staff was it conveyed that Dr. Chow does not do contact lens fittings. Also staff did not honestly share wait times, I believe, honestly, that I was doublebooked.
He is kind and welcoming and takes the time to answer all your questions. You can tell he really cares about his patients - We had a very pleasant experience with him and will plan to see him again.
This was one of the best Dr visits I have ever had. Dr.Chow was the most accommodating and patient doctor I've had the pleasure to see. If you want a Doctor who cares and takes the time to explain everything that is going on while answering all of your questions see Dr. Chow.
Good guy, not a long wait time at all. Helped me with my eye fears and great to go to. :)
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I did not mind, but my appointment was at 11AM and I was there about 20 minutes early. I did not leave until 12:30. There was a patient that arrived after me, but was seen before me. He needs some more help.
Professional, courteous, competent
Dr. Chow is very friendly and knowledgeable. He makes sure the patient feels at ease and comfortable. He listens to his patients. He takes the time to go through and explain the results of all the tests. Would highly recommend!!
Dr.Chow is very professional, recommend you 100%
Really great doctor!
Excellent doctor! Very personable and thorough in his examination.
I did not like this doctor at all there was no staff when i arrived it was him doing everything did not like the checkup rushed to fast since he was alone checking patients, answering calls , taking messages just because his staff was late not happy at all i took a 30 minute ride for nothing
Extremely personable, courteous, professional, and thorough. Very resonsive to questions and pulls out the customary props to make his points with great clarity. I'm from out of town, found Dr. Chow as a Washingtonian "best" list, and was delighted to have been able to see him on a semi-emergency on such short notice. Would love to have him as my local opthamologist.
Best doctor I've ever seen. He took his time, answered my questions. Very impressed with him
Friendly, professional, and extremely knowledgeable. Very impressed and would not hesitate to return.
GO SOMEWHERE ELSE! I went here because I thought I had an eye infection of some sort. I showed up for two follow-ups after my first appointment. My insurance was billed surgeries AND dilation to my eyes even though I never had any done. There are so many other ophthalmologists, do NOT waste your time or cash here. On top of everything, the staff is rude and are not willing to answer any questions. It is all about how much they can get out of you here!!!
He is outstanding and met my expectations in every way. He was very personable snd kowledgeable
Dr. Chow was fantastic. I will definitely continue to see him as my eye doctor. This was my first visit, and I was highly impressed.
Great physician and staff also.
Other than a long wait (I was the last appointment of the day, by choice, and he got a little behind), the experience was nothing but positive. Dr. Chow is the ultimate professional, with a kind and loving manner. He shows his many years of experience and invokes confidence in his abilities.
Professional and personable, Dr. Chow combines his great knowledge and experience with excellent bedside manner. Although I went for a routine eye exam, he continued to inform me and educate me about what he was doing/examining which I found to be very informative. Would highly recommend him!
I had to wait for over an hour at my initial appointment. Both times I visited there was no soap in the sink area where you take out and put in your contacts. When I got my new contacts in, the receptionist opened them and put her hands all over the contacts containers and solution bottles, which meant I couldn't touch anything without recontaminating my hands (after using a baby wipe since there was no soap). I'm not sure the doctor washed his hands between appointments either. I liked the doctor but will not return.
Dr. Chow and his staff are very friendly and competent.
All of sudden, I suffered from a vision problem in my left eye. Dr. Chow gave a very kind consultation and immediately sent me to a specialist with an urgent referral call. As a result, my eye problem was adequately diagnosed by a specialist on the same day. I was deeply impressed by Dr. Chow's warm attitude to a patient.
I was very glad I had gone. His advice was very appreciated and set my mind at ease.
Although the wait time was long, once I was in his office he was incredible. He apologized a lot for the wait and was one of the nicest, most amicable and thorough doctors I've ever seen. He was so friendly! Loved him. Will definitely recommend him to others.
Dr. Chow made my first ever eye appointment a delight! Very friendly and knowledgeable. I would highly recommend Dr. Chow to anyone looking for a new eye doctor.
Dr. Chow is always pleasant and polite. He listens to the concerns of the patient and he is thorough. I really love him!
He is nice and very quick, and he is so polite!
Dr. Chow was very personable and very professional. He arrived late, but was sincerely apologetic and did his best to accommodate me. He was very knowledgeable and was very helpful in his diagnosis and prescriptions. He gave me his card if I had any questions, which is a sign of a true professional who cares about his patients. I only wish he worked in Tyson's area more than once a week.
very thorough, efficient. i was in and out in no time.
Me and both of my parents like Dr. Chow very much. He is so very kind and also an excellent physician.
His care and attention are top notch. I highly recommend him.
Dr. Chow has been wonderful at helping me with my eyes and it was a wonderful experience and he has been great professionally.
Very good, no problems. The doctor obviously cares about his practice and his patients
Helpful, knowledgeable and personable. It was a pleasure to have him look into my issue and assist me with getting well
My visite was out standing , the Docter was more Freindy and effecient .
Wait longer than expected - but well worth it!!!
Best opthamologist I've met with. Went above and beyond in recommendations and explaining health concerns
Dr. Chow is one of the best physicians I have ever known. Not only is he an excellent listener, he has great empathy for his patients. He is also very smart! I don't think he misses anything. I always enjoy my visits there, and I highly recommend Dr. Chow to everyone.
This was my first time seeing Dr. Chow. Dr. Chow was thorough, explained each of his procedures well, explained to me the condition which he saw and provided some background for possible causes, and thoughtfully determined which medication would be best suited to the condition providing important information as to what his concerns were. He also recommended I see a neurologist for unrelated symptoms which I asked him about...a Dr. who is confident enough to know when to send me to another specialist rather than try to tackle an issue beyond his field is one that I trust. I feel very comfortable recommending Dr. Chow to anyone.
Very friendly and accommodating doctor. He was talkative but brisk yet thorough in my checkup. Immediately referred me to a specialist for further checkup.
Dr. Chow was very friendly, considerate and extremely professional. His staff was as well. I will definitely use him for eye problems going forward. Please extend my thanks to him and his staff
He was a good doctor. Listened to what I have, did multiple tests and started step by step with treatment. I would recommend him.
Amazing and generous doctor!
Dr Chow listened thoughtfully and explained each test he performed. The visit was thorough and I didn't feel rushed. Very satisfied, I don't think I need to look for another eye doctor.
He was the best doctor I have ever seen. Extremely friendly, knowledgeable, funny and made me feel extremely comfortable. He answered all my questions and guided me towards fixing the difficulty with my eyes in the way I was hoping.
Dr. Chow put our 7 year old daughter at ease immediately. Normally she is quite shy with her doctor visits. Our family has gone to Dr. Chow for adult patient care, and now for our child. Both times we were very satisfied with the excellent care.
Although I got nothing to complain about the doctor's mannerism, they ripped me off with special charges not covered by the insurance. Do not trust them.
Well mannered Doctor. Great you with a smile. Let you feel welcome. Explained everything. Does a thorough job. I already recommend someone who actually booked an appointment to visit him.
He is one of super doc you can depend on.
Wonderful friendly staff, Dr. Chow is very knowledgeable and very personable person. Very satisfied. Highly appreciated and highly recommend as well.
I thoroughly enjoyed Dr. Chow. He had great conversation, was very charismatic and showed a GENUINE interest in my well being. The best part of all is that he thanked me for choosing him. Not once but 3-4 times. I'll definitely return.
Went through a series of tests and made me feel comfortable about was was going on.
Dr. Chow's office is very convenient, since he is a solo practice. Easy to get an appointment, very flexible,,, besides close to the hospital facilities and metro bus access. Dr Chow is also a compassionate physician and willing to extend his time with his patient. I am his patient for 10 years and he did a cataract surgery with me last 2006 and i feel great since then.
One of the best eye doctors I've ever seen. Gave me all the answer I needed even when I didn't ask for them..
Dr. Chow is wonderful! Thank you!
excellent, thorough, professional....... a good visit... office staff friendly and efficient.... very pleased...
Dr. Chow is an excellent doctor with excellent bedside manner. He is always in reach and cares a lot about his patients, even new one (as I am).
Dr. Chow was great! This was my first time visiting him and he came recommended by a coworker. He is very friendly and extremely knowledgeable. I plan to return for future eye care.
I have been a patient of Dr. Chow since 2006. The treatment that I have received from him and his staff has always been courteous, professional, and thorough. I give Dr. Chow and his staff the highest recommendation.
He is very nice person
Great, detail and friendly, will recommend friends.
thorough, professional, excellence in all areas
Dr. Chow was very friendly and cheerful. The appointment was for my 4 yr old daughter. Dr. Chow was very thorough with all the procedure and explained in detail. He made the kid very comfortable throughout the procedure.
The location is very convenient since it is very close to my office.
I was able to get a same day appointment, was seen right after I walked in the door, and the doctor actually encouraged questions which is always a plus!
Very knowledgeable, polite and friendly doctor. Would absolutely recommend to anyone needing an Ophthalmologist.
I booked an appointment with Dr. Chow for 8:45 on a Wednesday morning. I showed up around 8:40 to a locked door. He didn't show up until 8:50. Additionally, his assistant didn't show up until sometime after 9, so he took three phone calls during my appointment. He wanted a follow up appointment so I scheduled an appointment for that Friday at 9am. I showed up a bit early and again to a locked door. He did arrive just before 9am, and it was at that point that I realized he had scheduled three appointments, all for 9am. I would be fine with a different appointment time if 9am isn't available, but don't just say yes to everyone who wants a given time. It completely defeats the purpose of appointments. I also had some concerns about the cleanliness of his office. The contact solution bottles in the exam room and the "contact fitting" room were both left open. Bottles of contact solution should never be left open even in your bathroom at home, much less in a doctor's office located in a hospital. There was also something dried on the chin rest of the exam equipment. It could have been just dried saline or something, but when I pointed it out, he picked up an alcohol swab that was already open on the counter to wipe it down, and then used some (open) contact solution and a tissue to finish the wipe down. I've never been to a doctor's office that didn't have the little tissue-paper chin rests that they discard between patients, but even a regular wipe down would be sufficient. It is clear to me that he does not have regular cleaning practices in place between patients, or habits like closing contact solution bottles. It could be benign things, but that's not a risk I'm willing to take with my eyes.
He is very attentive and makes sure that all is looked at before making his diagnosis. Very kind.
Dr. Chow and his staff are very nice and friendly.
Had to wait over an hour after my appointment time to see the doctor. He gave me a "deal" on my exam based on what I usually pay at Costco, but then ran a bunch of extra tests without explaining to me that these were not included in the total. He then forgot to give me a pair of trial contact lenses and when I asked the receptionist for them, they didn't have the correct kind and she gave me 2 different types of contacts (1 for each eye). Turns out he also screwed up my contact lens prescription, not once, but twice -- the first one did not include the type of contacts I requested so they would not fill it and the second was for the wrong type of contacts! I then received a bill for a couple hundred dollars which I paid and they later returned the check saying they submitted the claim wrong! I definitely do not recommend this doctor.
He was very professional
Very friendly attitude. Quick and efficient exam.
Dr. Chow was very professional. I called back early one morning and the Dr. himself took the call. Would see him again if needed.