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Dr. Donald Semler, OD

Optometrist

Professional statement

Dr. Semler was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and relocated to Houston, Texas with his family in 1955. He graduated from the University of Houston with a B.A. in Physiological Optics and attended the University of Houston College of Optometry. He earned his Doctor of Optometry (O.D.) in 1974. He had a military career spanning 21 years with many diverse assignments. He earned many awards and commendations during this time. Dr. Semler brings over 37 years of clinical optometric expertise to the San Antonio Eye Center, P.A. He joined the practice in October 2011. His areas of interest include contact lenses and pediatric optometry. Dr. Semler and his wife, Betty, have four children and three grandchildren. He enjoys swimming, cycling, tennis, golf, hiking, hunting and fishing.

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Specialties

  • Optometrist

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Education and training

  • University of Houston, Doctor of Optometry

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Languages spoken

  • English

Provider's gender

Male

NPI number

1154413169

Office locations

San Antonio Eye Center

511 Dallas St

San Antonio, TX 78215

San Antonio Eye Center

523 Dallas Street

San Antonio, TX 78215

San Antonio Eye Center

622 Camden St

San Antonio, TX 78215

San Antonio Eye Center

622 Camden St

San Antonio, TX 78215

San Antonio Eye Center

14807 San Pedro Ave

San Antonio, TX 78232

San Antonio Eye Center

800 McCullough Ave

San Antonio, TX 78215

San Antonio Eye Center

2119 Commercial Ave

San Antonio, TX 78221

San Antonio Eye Center

6151 NW Loop 410, Suite 200

San Antonio, TX 78238

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It was good. He is always great and the staff were very friendly and professional. Always have to wait longer at this location but it is worth it because they know what they are doing.
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Dr Semler was great as usual. His front of charged me a copay that was not correct. I called and they refused to fix it unless the insurance came back and said there was no copay owed. This has only happenat this specific location. This was my first time going to San Pedro Avenue and will be my last because of the charge. Next time I will see Dr Semler on Commercial Street.
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This was my first time to see Dr Semler and I really liked him. I will definitely see him again.
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Mess of an office. Waited endlessly. Felt like a DMV but also more sad and depraved.
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Everyone was very nice. There were 2 steps I had to go through: 1. Check my vision and have my pupils dilated. It didn't take time for me to get seen by the assistant, it was fast. 2. Get seen bythe doctor to make sure my eyes were healthy and get my new prescription. In step #2 I had to wait around 45 min to see the doctor. Overall I had a good experience. I wish the wait time in step #2 was faster.
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The Dr himself was good. I had no issues with Dr Seller. The wait time was horrible. My appointment was at 10:15am but was not seen by the doctor until after noon.
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Good service.
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thought he was wonderful
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The Doctor was very Cool and professional. The lady who took my readings seemed to be upset and angry. Tried to have a courteous conversation but she responded by being nonchalant.
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very nice and professional. specific details and questions were answered. he was not in a rush to get out even though it was almost time to close. took his time and was opened to any questions I had and answered all concerns I had.
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Dr. Semler is honest, knowledgeable, and professional.
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Talked about eye issues that could be a problem in the future and what to look out for and how they could be treated. I thought I had a really great visit with a Dr. who cared.
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Everything was great!And very quick and like how every problem I had was addressed and taken care of and was able to order my glasses right away!Would highly recommended!
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T he visit was fast and to my satisfaction.
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He was kind informative available to see my children whom I had a concern with He was reassuring and very professional I lived him
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The wait was long due to a malfunction of some equipment so isn't usual. I would whole heartedly recommend Dr. Semler.
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Better than any doctor I've ever been to, and at 74yrs. old I've seen plenty of doctors!!!!! I think you could use bigger waiting rooms. I've never been to a doctor where there were no chairs left. Everyone else must loveit there like I do. Thank you for the great experience and for making me feel cared for!!
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Wait time was lousy. All folks professional and kind.
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Wait time>outrageous. Dr. assistants clumsy when drops needed to be instilled in eyes
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I thought my visit was perfect! It couldn't have gone any smoother than it did! Dr. Semler & the staff were great, we didn't wait long til we were called to the back to get everything started. My appmt was at8:50am & I was put of there by 9:30 with a prescription in hand for my son to get his glasses.. Only thing that was a bummer was they didn't have lots of children's frames to choose from so I had to look elsewhere. I would absolutely recommend this Office to both Children & Adults!
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Everything was great.
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Very specific when explaining situations.
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Dr semler was very professional courteous and informative. One complaint, I waited 45 minutes after my eyes were dilated to see Dr semler,while Others waited 20 minutes .I had to stop a technician and ask how much longer. She said Iwas next after the Dr finished with the patient in the room.I feel other techs put other folders in front of mine and I was pushed back. I took my wife 3 days later and she only waited 20 minutes. So that issue needs to be addressed. Otherwise Good appointment. R
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He listens to you and ensures that you understand all results and necessary solutions.
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Most kind and professional. He seemed to remember me from last year's checkup. He went into why my eyesight had changed so much and is taking his concern to the next level in a follow-up appointment. I appreciate the way heanswered all of my questions and I left with new hope for better vision in the future. Thank you
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I have called another Ophthalmologists to do another eye and contact exam. With my eyesight it is vital to have an accurate eye exams before dropping 400-800 on eyeglasses and another 200 on contacts. My appointment was odd and incomplete. Iwent in at 2:15 for a 2:45 appointment. I was a new patient. So I figured I needed to fill out paperwork. At 2:50 I am taken back by a technician. I inform the technician that my glasses are a very old prescription and were incorrect. And I had broken my current prescription eyeglasses. And then the technician did the hot air balloon autorefractor. And then I was sat down in a chair had the technician spend about 3 minutes doing the refraction (is this clear). At which point I never saw a crisp letter. I was sent back to the waiting room for over an 1 1/2 wait for the doctor, at 4:15 the Doctor comes out,,briefly looks at my eyes. Does not check that my prescription is accurate. Hands me my prescription which I am pretty certain is wrong. And sends me on my way home. In totally I spent only only 15 minutes on an eye and contact exam. And spent an hour and half waiting for a incomplete eye and contact exam.
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excellent attention to detail. listened attentively, polite, not in a hurry. I would recommend highly
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Friendly and profissional
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I have had difficulty getting my prescription glasses made correctly with an optical company and have had to see Dr. Semler (optometrist) two times after getting the glasses. He has evaluated the workmanship, reevaluated my eyes, and finetuned the prescriptions. Both times I saw him as a work-in and spent less than a half an hour in the waiting room. I see my ophthalmologist at this same office. Service is courteous, prompt and very professional. I have always been walked to the check out by the doctors themselves!!!!! The entire practice is fabulous!!!!
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If the wait time had not been so ridiculous it would have been a perfect visit ... the doctor was very kind to our young child and I really like him.
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In all, was actually one of my best experience for an annual eye exam thus far, I'm 48, so I've had many.
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Very profetional staff
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I like that he takes time to explain what the exams show about my vision, and what steps i can take to help better my vision. Thank you Dr Semler.
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Pretty awesome Doctor!
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Personable and knowledgeable. Will tell all when I get my new glasses.
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He was a very friendly doctor and very professional. You can tell he cares for his patients.
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Wow, awesome Dr. I went in thinking something was really wrong with my eyes and walked out with an easy solution.
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Dr. Semler was professional and friendly.
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Fantastic experience very professional and friendly
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he was very through in his examine of my eyes. he did not rush me. i was able to ask questions about what i did not understand. i really liked his service.
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Front office staff was very nice and helpful. Everyone was friendly and patient with my son.
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It was a great visit. The office location processes patients quickly if you book an early appointment. I had a mix up with my insurance but the assistants were able to iron out the details to arrive at an option thatwas cheapest for me. This is also right by my home and is easy to find,
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Outstanding and professional Staff will truly recommend your office to my friends
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I loved The office it was profesional and neat the doctor was great and took his time examining my eyes
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Front office staff was very friendly and the doctor was very professional and friendly as well.
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Great interaction with my 7yo daughter where she was comfortable after being anxious of her first eye exam. His directions were clear and she followed easily and was done quickly.
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Dr. Semler was great with my son! The staff was very nice and helpful!
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Such a great additude .everyone nice and friendly there .
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Nice office. Easy to find. Staff was very nice as well as the doctor.
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