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Qualifications and Experience
Dr. Dessner is a board-certified ophthalmologist. He specializes in no-stitch small incision cataract surgery, muscle surgery, lasers, as well as comprehensive eye examinations for glaucoma, diabetes, and other eye diseases. He has a fellowship training in Pediatric Ophthalmology from the world famous Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami, Florida. Dr. Dessner and his office staff are committed to providing the highest level of care for his patients.
Verified Patient Reviews
Dr. Dessner and staff were very pleasant and professional. My forms from ZocDoc were already printed and waiting for me upon arrival. Dr. Dessner was very knowledgeable and provided an extensive examination with the courtesy to ask whether or not I was driving in order to dilate my pupils. He took his time to explain his diagnosis, provided solutions and reassured me that it was nothing to be worried about. Overall, I had an excellent visit and would recommend him to anyone seeking a great doctor!
Very thorough and thoughtful -- Dr. Dessner took the time to explain the issues I was having and I left feeling very confident in his abilities and manner.
He's a nice guy, laid back. A bit too laid back for me. I had to ask for a dilated eye exam. It's good practice to get this done annually, or biennially. Macular degeneration runs in my family. He seemed a bit reluctant to do so. He also didn't test for glaucoma. I'm probably fine. But I've had far more thorough eye exams and check-ups than this. The reason I go to an ophthalmologist versus an optometrist is for the exams and health of my eye. Plus, my insurance pays for it, so why not? Otherwise, I'd save time/money + travel and just see an optometrist or optician in my neighborhood.
Excellent staff. Clean office. Doctor was very patient with my toddler.
I was pleasantly surprised. The visit was quick and he diagnosed my red eye immediately. He took his time to examine my eyes and told me of another issue I did not know I had, but told me not to worry for many many years. Dr. Dessner was very pleasant and I would recommend him to anyone.
Professional, detailed, even took a model of the eye and explained to me what was going on. Highly recommended. wait time wasn't too long either :)
He is knowledgeable and thorough.
I was able to book a same-day appointment through ZocDoc. Everything was handled perfectly. It seemed really crowded, but they got me in way quicker than I expected.
Very professional. Dr. Dessener has a friendly, relaxed,manner that put me at ease and he spend time to explain my treatment options. He inspired confidence and was thoroughly professional. I highly recommend him.
Professional - we talked about my eyes a lot - I will recommend him
Dr Dessner was professional and highly skilled!
Will definitely return.
My visit was great, I like that he was straight forward and gave me options. I definitely plan on going back and recommending him.
I found Dr. Dessner on ZocDoc and was very satisfied with my first visit. I barely waited and he took the time to explain me what was going on with me. He was knowledgeable, friendly and his equipment up to date. Would definitely recommend him.
prompt, efficient, close by.....thumbs up.......
Very professional, friendly, and thorough. Highly recommended.
He was very thorough and took time to explain procedures and results
Very empathetic, calm and knowledgeable doctor. I was seen by Dr. Dessner himself right away. Explained condition and diagnosis thoroughly, gave his personal email if something worsens on the weekend, gave clear instructions on medication (and suggestions on who carries it).
I thought he had great bedaide manner and gave clear explanations
Very thorough and a very nice person. I would recommend him.
Wonderful doctor and surgeon. Recommend without reservation.
He was thorough and professional. He took all the time needed to explain everything I needed.
After a little wait, met with the doctor. Pleasant disposition, excellent diagnosis, thorough understanding of my son's complex eye issues. Took the time to answer my questions and explain treatment. Dr. Dessner was phenomenal.
I came in for a chalazion removal, and though he seemed quirky at first he was very professional about the procedure and answered all my concerns right away. The procedure was very quick and painless! Only weird thing was this one comment he made about adult-themed screenplays, but overall a cool guy.
Very professional, knows what he is doing
He got me in and out, considering my circumstances,
The wait time was very short. The receptionist was pleasant. Dr. Dessner was friendly and tried to engage my son who was not very talkative that day at all. He attempted to explain my son's condition but in very few words. The visit was quick and brief, not much to say.
I had a very good experience with Dr. Dressner. I thought he was very thorough and very nice. I would definitely recommend him.
Eric took the time to explain my condition and did not try to upsell other services. Quick and to the point.
I was very pleased
Great doctor! He was very knowledgable and made my visit quick and painless!
So I woke up this morning with a plump eyelid and thought it was not going to be a good day. I saw Dr. Dessner previously for an annual eye exam and figured I would see if he had any openings. Luckily he had an opening during my lunch. I changed my insurance since the last time he's seen me so I reached out to the office. Jessica was able to check my benefits within 2 minutes and said that they accept my policy. The wait was just a few minutes from the time I registered and like before, Dr. Dessner was professional, courteous, and thorough. He evaluated my eye and explained the reason for my condition, walked me through how to resolve it, and how to prevent it in the future. He assured me that the condition will resolve and that I should not be too concerned. I'm not sure I can ask for anything else from the visit! Highly recommended!
He was great!
Very good and pleased
Dr. Dressner is a great doctor. He really took the time to explain everything. I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for an eye doctor.
Dr. Dessner was friendly, he was informative and easy to talk to.
Dr. Dessner is warm, thorough and does not hesitate to answer questions and explain details about your ophthalmic issues. Recommended! Office staff is really pleasant and caring!
I haven't been to the eye doctor in quite some time, the office was gross and old... The doctor explained things but not like my typical eye exam that I've had. After leaving, It felt kinda pointless making the appointment to begin with
I thought he was very thorough. Took time to explain my issues to answer any of my questions. I felt confident in his answers. I would highly recommend him. The waiting room at his Willoughby location is also the waiting room for many other doctors so it's a little crowded but don't be discouraged. I was signed in and seen very quickly.
Dr. Dressner was warm, thorough and informative. I saw him for evaluation of floaters and look forward to seeing him again 3 weeks from now. Office staff is great, efficient, friendly and helpful.
I booked online with ZocDoc = convenient. There were appointments available very soon, whereas several other opthalmologists I tried via Aetna weren't available for weeks or even months. There was no waiting in the waiting room. The receptionist was polite. And Dr. Dessner thoroughly explained what was going on with my eyes. I didn't have to make a co-pay upfront; the visit was run through my insurance and I got an invoice in the mail. The charges were quite reasonable. Overall, my third visit to Dr. Dessner (the first two were a couple of years ago) was an excellent one.
This guy was a joke. Booked another appointment with my old eye doctor a couple of weeks later and got completely different results.
He put me at ease immediately and was both knowledgable and helpful.
I loved the doctor and receptionist. Didn't appreciate the tech giggling about my name. The wait was long and the office was a little confusing. I was waiting in wrong waiting room for about 10 mins.
Informative, friendly, caring.
I got wrong prescription!
Dr. Dessner was very attentive. I had an unsual set of symptoms, and he was patient and thoughtful both in offering hypotheses and explaining them to me as well as in deciding what to prescribe. I would go back!
Very good. Hectic waiting room but he's a cool guy.
Dr. Dessner was extremely knowledgeable, informative, and helpful during my visit. I visited a number of ophthalmologists after an eye infection and Dr. Dessner was by far the most helpful, and took a lot of initiative in following up and monitoring the infection as it progressed. He explained the advice he gave and the medication he described and kept me very comfortable in a process that was otherwise very stressful.
I will appreciate his demeanor. He is very friendly and very direct.
Very quick and easy eye doctor appt, was in and out and got to decide whether or not I wanted my pupils dilated and got to decide whether or not he changed my prescription.
Office is very sparse but Dr. Dessner is thorough, quick, kind, and answered all of my questions and explained procedures well. Will for sure be back.
Great office definitely highly recommend
I was checking with Dr. Dessner as a post-surgery check-up. He was very patient and replied to all my concerns and questions. Very glad with visiting him.
quick, on point, professional and to my satisfaction. thank you!!
Dr Dressner was knowledgeable and diagnosed my eye problem quickly and accurately. He gave me advice that I doctors up to this point have never given and it will be extremely helpful for the future. I'm happy to have found him and highly recommend him.
Excelente !!! Un gran profesional .
Dr. Dessner was very professional and atentive. I recomend him highly.
Dr. Dessner knows his stuff. I had the best experience.
It was very helpful. He was very attentive, his service was excellent and provided me with the information I needed.
Great, easy going, knows his stuff!
Courteous, fast & knowledgeable !
While the waiting area is a little grungy and depressing and the reading material is sorely lacking, the wait time was minimal (even though it was first come, first served - not in order of appointment time), the staff was friendly and efficient and the doctor was a-ok.
I originally came to Dr. Dessner for a second opinion due to several styes on my lower lid. I am the type of person that is scared of needles, but Dr. Dessner reassured me that the procedure would be painless. He was correct, the entire procedure was painless and he made sure I was comfortable throughout the process. The results are amazing, I couldn't be more happier. Would definitely be returning to him for my eye care needs. Kudos to Dr. Dessner & staff!
I wouldn't be coming back to this doctor. I'm not sure about his professional knowledge. As a person he is nice. I need professionalism and deep knowledge. I felt I knew about styes more than this doctor.
Dr. Dessner was very patient and kind. I would definitely recommend him.
As a healthcare provider myself I was extremely pleased with his knowledge and bedside manner. He was superb with my 9 month old daughter and reassuring to a worried first time parent. Highly recommended physician, extremely competent clinician.
Excellent. He was informal, well informed and communicative.
I need to find a new eye doctor.. he did not follow up.
Good, down-to-earth and efficient visit. Wait time was a bit long but the visit itself was good and thorough and didn't take too long.
Dr. Dessner was friendly, thorough and seemed very competent and up to date with current research. He took the time to truly understand what was going on and helped me with my problem (chronic clogged tear duct) both immediately with a prescription and in a long term way with recommendations that others had not explained. I haven't had any recurrences since my appointment.
Was immediately able to diagnose me, and fix me with up a treatment that took care of the problem right away. Very efficient -- felt like I was in and out of the office very quickly.
He was great. Very patient , professional & thorough. Well spoken & nice. I'd recommend him.
Very personal, gave me some good advice, even for some good places to have coffee since I'm new in the neighborhood.
Awesome! He's friendly and explains everything.
It was great- he really took his time with me and he was very informative.
It was one of those "doc in a box" places with all kinds of doctors. There was hardly any wait time, but I was the last patient of the day and it totally seemed like he just wanted to get out of there. I asked him about doing different tests that my normal eye doctor requested I get done, and he either seemed too lazy to do one, or he didn't have the "appropriate equipment" to do the other one. I felt uneasy in the "clinic," and he didn't have any bedside manner. I had to practically beg him to dilate my eyes to check the health of my eyes (I've had a lot of issues in the past). I totally felt like he didn't really care if my eye health was good or not, and he just wanted to get out of there. By the end of the appointment, so did I.
Great! Nice guy. Efficient, kind, professional.
The waiting room is large and was filled with other doctor's PTs. I was overwhelmed. But my time with Dr Dessner was worth the wait, he was thorough, answered all of my questions and took my concerns seriously. I picked him because his office was close to my house but I will return to him only.
Dr. Dessner is very easy to talk to, and explained my eye condition in a easy to understand and thorough manner. He prescribed a course of treatment that is comprehensive and I feel confident will solve the problem. Everything about the office seemed efficient and well-run.
I was seen fast he addressed all my questions and resolved the issue I came in for I return next week for a follow up but over all I was very pleased with his service.
Great guy! Awesome experience, very informative, not your average boring doctor :) He's easy to talk to and is very real with you.
it was a good visit
Very clean, professional, kind and explains everything.
My visits always goes well with Dr.dessner????????
The doctor was awesome! Very quick with seeing me
It was great- in and out in 25 minutes. Very knowledgeable doctor, quick & helpful secretary. Recommend!
This was the best experience I have ever had seeing a doctor! There was no wait time. I was seen immediately after I filled out all the forms. There were other patients, but the doctor really managed the flow well. The receptionist was sweet, friendly and efficient. The doctor was personable and professional. All my issues were addressed, and the doctor took time to listen to my concerns and answered all of them. Wish all my doctor visits were this easy...
Thorough doctor, detailed explanations, prompt and courteous, highly recommended
He was very professional and accommodating.
Very straight forward doctor. When I asked him questions he answered them appropriately and in detail...Just ask what you are unsure of and he will give you the answer.
Great visit with Dr. Dessner - very nice, easy going, personable. Highly recommended.
He was great with my daughter!
Excellent, quick, hassle free appointment. Very professional and competent.
no complaints! easy to talk to, understanding, actually listens.
He was really good with kids
Pleased to have found such an excellent ophthalmologist. Extremely courteous staff. No waiting. Highly professional treatment and very helpful advice.
Dr. Dessner was great! His office... not so much. The office is a shared space with a bunch of different practices and it was packed and loud. There was also urine on the floor in the shared bathroom. BUT Dr. Dessner is fantastic once you get past the waiting period. He played jazz and film scores while we went through the eye tests, he was patient while I re-learned how to put in contacts, and had a great bedside manner. Just bring headphones and tell yourself "Dr. Dessner is worth it..."
Great, very thurough. Made sure I understood anything and was very concerned with my comfort.
Very friendly and through professional.
I though Dr. Dessner was knowledgable and professional. I felt confident in the information he was giving me. Wait time was very short which is always appreciated. My only constructive criticism would be that sometimes I felt like certain things weren't explained as cohesively as I would have liked and I would have to loop back around a little. But I would certainly see him again and recommend him.
The appointment with Dr. Dessner was for my 4 year old son. Dr. Dessner was so nice, kind and patient with him. His staff is very nice and kind as well. He is so very professional and knowledgeable. I highly recommend him to anyone seeking a great Ophthalmologist.
Great doctor, really nice man...
Doc is friendly and knowledgeable at what he do.Awesome doctor I highly recommend him i.e.Eric Dessner,MD
He might seem a little deadpan at first, but that doesn't mean he doesn't care. Made sure to take the time to explain what exactly was going on with my eyes, and left feeling reassured. Girl behind the desk was very friendly. The test equipment took a while to boot up, but I wasn't in a hurry so it didn't really bother me. All in all, a good experience.
Dr. Dessner spent plenty of time talking with me about my concerns and providing detailed answers to my questions. It's been awhile since I've found a doctor who is this attentive and seems to genuinely care. Highly recommended!
Dr. Dessner was very knowledgeable and knew exactly what was wrong with my eye. He was thorough in explaining my condition and examining my eye and did not try to rush me out of the office. He took a common sense approach, and made some new suggestions about how to treat my condition. I would definitely recommend him to a friend.
always informative and accurate in a comfortable surrounding the atmosphere is wonderful and he's a totally attentive yet great& doctor
Es muy professional y amable y estoy muy conforme con su evaluation. Y Si lo recomendaria con mis amigos y familiares.
He was great precise and caring exceptionally well cared for at his office and the wait wasn't long at all highly recommend .
Eric was the best, I can see much better now. He is the "Optical Messiah!"
Hands down, most courteous, knowledgeable & thorough eye doctor I had the pleasure of going to.
Friendly staff and the doctor is good with kids.
it was not 100% what I was expecting and I still have to go somewhere else to fill the prescription. I was under the impression everything would have been done under one roof
it was a good experience
Very professional looking office , clean and neat , staff very friendly , Dr. Dessener was very helpful and encouraging.
Dr. Dessner was very thorough and took the time to explain everything to me, plus he is super adorable. The picture doesn't do him justice.
Fantastic, thorough and not rushed. Made me feel far less anxious about my issue.
Dr. Dessner was great. He took his time to make sure that my prescription was correct. He has a great bedside manner. The staff was very nice and personable. I will be going back for my next eye exam and would be happy to send anyone to see Dr. Dessner. Great experience!
Very friendly staff and personable doctor. Professional attention and he explained each process and was sensitive to my concerns. The waiting area can be confusing because there are many doctors and reception areas but once you ask someone they point you in the right direction.
While the office is shabby, Dr. Dessner was extremely competent and thorough, and made helpful suggestions that in the end, didn't require me to take any further medications. He listened to my concerns and didn't seem in a rush. I was pleased that my insurance was accepted, although found it strange that the office only accepts cash or checks for co-pays or other payments.
I found him to be very comforting, understanding and knowledgeable. Too often, doctors try to rush you out, and you really get the feeling that they're running a business and need to squeeze as many patients in as possible. I did not have this feeling with Dr. Dessner today. He was willing to sit and talk until all my questions and concerns were addressed. Highly recommended!
I was very pleased with my appointment with Dr. Dessner. He was attentive to all of the issues I brought up, and he was thorough when conducting the eye exam. Dr. Dessner also explained everything in a manner that I understood. Overall, I thought the doctor was both professional and compassionate, and I would highly recommend!
He is an amazing doctor who care for his patient needs unconditionally, answered all my medical questions and he is highly recommended
He and his staff are very nice, though the wait time was a bit long.
He wad great and very professional but also caring
The worst doctor I've ever see in my life
Dr. Dessner was extremely knowledgeable in my complicated eye problem. He expressed a professional concern and gave excellent advice, treatment and recommendations.
It was good, the examination went well and he was very informative. I was very please.
Very friendly and attentive doctor
Dr. Dessner is a cool dude.
I went to him for a second opinion and he honestly explained to me what was going on with me and made me feel comfortable I enjoyed my experience
This was my second visit to Dr. Dessner, and my first to his office at 11 Plaza St West in Park Slope. I had a 9 a.m. appointment and got to see him at 9:30 (he arrived at 9:13 and saw one patient before me). He did a fine job removing a benign cyst from next to my left eye and leaving one dissolvable stitch in its place. As I mentioned in my previous review, Dr. Dessner is easy-going and personable. The office was clean and orderly, but unlike the Willoughby Street office, which takes Visa and MasterCard, the Park Slope location only takes cash or checks for co-pays. Also, I had to fill out paperwork again because, the staff said, this office has no connection to the other one.
Dr. Dessner was fabulous and I would highly recommend him. He immediately put me at ease and was very thorough in his examination and explanations.
Dr. Dessmer was very personable and professional. He diagnosed something next to my eye as a benign cyst called an apocrine hydrocystoma, which was a relief. He also checked out my optical nerve and reassured me that my worsening distance vision over the years is not unusual, and said I'm lucky not to need reading glasses. Was glad to hear that. His office manager, Minella, was really a pleasure to deal with. She provided great customer service, unlike many doctors' office staffers who just go through the motions.
Wonderful, he prescribed exactly what I needed to cure the eye infection I had
Dr. Eric Dessner was efficient, professional, and a nice guy. However, when I arrived for the appointment, I was asked for a referral from my previous eye doctor or primary care physician, which I didn't know I would need to provide for a simple eye exam. It would have been nice to know beforehand that I needed to provide a referral, so I could have avoided wasting an extra 15 minutes at the doctor's office. Still don't understand why I needed to provide one at all, since I wasn't visiting Dr. Dessner for any special reason other than an eye exam and glasses prescription.
Great ophthalmologist, he'll definitely be my doc from now on
excellent visit. one of the best doctor's visits I can remember. Dr. D was great - explaining what he was doing and why, and his findings even before I had questions formulated. loved the overall vibe of the other office staff as well.
Nice guy, good doctor, easy on the eyes!
Dr Dessner walked through the whole procedure in detail. His bedside manner and professionalism was excellent.
Very professional. Able to educate me well on my condition.
This guy is amazing. Very smart, great personality. I highly recommend him.
Very personable, relaxed, professional....answered all questions and was reassuring and thorough. I recommend him highly.
Dessner is a cool guy, he listens to you and what you want rather than just going through the motions of a typical appointment. Definitely recommend
Very professional and the staff was very supportive.
Great doctor nice and well informed.