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Dr. Howard Budner, OD

Optometrist

Professional statement

**********WE REQUIRE 24 HOUR NOTICE FOR ANY CANCELLATION OR MODIFICATION TO YOUR APPOINTMENT TIME. YOU ARE SUBJECT TO A $55 FEE IF APPOINTMENTS ARE CHANGED WITHIN 24 HOURS OF APPOINTMENT TIME.we must verify your insurance 48 hours prior to your appointment!************ Dr. Budner graduated from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in the top ten. He scored the 4th highest grade in the country on the competency exam for the treatment of eye diseases. His residency included running the eye clinic at Andrews Air force base and at the Eye Surgery Center in Silver Spring. Dr. Budner completed an internship at the Learning Disabilities Clinic in Dallas, Texas. He is also the founding member of SPECTRUM eyecare the only Optometry/Ophthalmology network in the Metropolitan area. Dr. Budner moved here from New York with his wife. He has 2 wonderful children and lives in Maryland. His patients find him warm, compassionate and respectful. He specializes in complicated eye and vision problems.

In-network insurances

  • AARP
  • ACE
  • APWU

Specialties

  • Optometrist

Practice names

Education and training

  • Salus University, Pennsylvania College of Optometry, Doctor of Optometry
  • Colgate University (Bachelor’s)
  • Learning Disabilities Clinic (Internship)

Awards and publications

  • Ocular Competency Examination
  • Published paper on corneal erosions

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Languages spoken

  • English
  • Spanish
  • Hungarian

Provider's gender

Male

NPI number

1730120114

Office locations

Dr. Howard Budner & Associates

4084 University Dr, 204

Fairfax, VA 22030

Dr. Howard Budner & Associates

4110 Aspen Hill Rd, 300

Rockville, MD 20853

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Everyone is very attentive and ready to help. Is quite nice to see that there is still some Dr.'s Office with such a great group of people.
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I have been a patient of his for 25 years and he gets better and better the whole office and staffers. I miss the old staff members. Except two are still there, the doctor and I for got the lady namebecause she is fabulous when it come to picking out frames, all and all I love them
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Fast easy and very well taken care of!
Less than 3 months ago
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My family has been going to Dr. Budner for over 20 years and have always been impressed with the quality of our exams as well as the professionalism of the staff. Any questions that we have are clearly answered. There isalso an excellent selection of frames and while there is never any pressure to select one pair over another, we always get excellent advice on which ones look best.
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Very thorough and professional. Latest in computerized technology.
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I can't say that I had a great appointment with Dr. Budner. The staff was friendly but slow, and it took me a while to be seen. Dr. Budner is clearly knowledgeable although a little cold personally. The thing that annoyedme was that I specifically talked about trying out daily contact lenses, which we trialed, and then Dr. Budner agreed we'd order dailies. Instead, their office sent me biweeklies and I ended up using 1/3 of them (assuming they were dailies) before looking up the lenses and seeing they were the incorrect ones. The staff and doctor were apologetic but I ended up wasting a bunch of my insurance limit because they said they could not reimburse me for the lenses I already used/discarded.
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Great experience! I arrived early to complete the new patient paperwork and my exam started the minute I completed it. Very thorough exam and wonderful staff. Dr. Budner offered valuable recommendations for contact lenses and solutions formy dry eyes. The lab also adjusted my glasses while I waited. I read other reviews that were critical of the cost of the exam, but it was very reasonable considering the thoroughness of the exam. I will continue seeing Dr. Budner and would recommend him.
Less than 6 months ago
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Courteous and professional. The doctor provided a thorough exam, and was patient with questions.
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It was awesome! Dr. Budner is thorough and cares for your eyes!
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On time and very thorough exam. i will be back!
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Very professional and caring, wasn't sure about a certain test and decided to re do it to make sure, took the extra time on their behalf.
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Allison was wonderful - walked me through all the tests and steps, helped me pick out glasses, was warm and cheerful the entire time. Dr. Budner was professional, efficient, and patient in his explanations. Overall a fantastic practice that I highly recommend.
Less than 1 year ago
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The doctor is knowledgeable and professional. The experience with the doctor himself is great. The staff is good. The office is old. I don't like that they sell glasses right there in the office, though I realize that most eye doctors do that.
Less than 1 year ago
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Doctor Budner and his office staff are always great, courteous and quick! Thats why I choose to drive out of my way to go there!
Less than 1 year ago
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Dr Budner is knowledgeable, professional, courteous, and very patient when examining and explaining the results from the tests. He is the best.!
Less than 1 year ago
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The best contact lenses fitting I had had in 15 years! I had lost hope that I will ever see well as neither glasses or contact lenses seem to work for me, however Dr Budner found a solution to my problems: nearsightedness & astigmatism, combined with presbiopia!
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Excellent service
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Dr. Budner was thorough and made sure that I understood everything that he was telling me about my eyes. He took extra time to explain issues that were somewhat more complex and never made me feel rushed or insignificant. I leftfeeling confident that I had made the right choice in selecting a new eye care professional. L. V.
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He was very thorough and explained everything. All of his staff members were helpful and very pleasant.
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I continue to be very pleased with Dr Budner and his staff. He provides a comprehensive exam and spends as much time as needed with patient. No rush or feeling like you are just another billing. I will continue to havemy family come to Dr Budner for all our eye needs.
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Dr. Budner is an excellent optometrist! He answers all questions in a clear and direct manner, and he makes a patient feel at ease. I have recommended and will continue to recommend him to people I know! His office staff is very friendly, too!
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Dr. Budner is very thorough and very approachable. Great at explaining procedures and diagnoses.
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Great staff, good quality products and professional service.
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Very professional, easy to find appointments when needed, nice front desk and Dr. Budner is very knowledgeable
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Everyone was extremely professional. I've never visited a vision center that provided me with a sense of being taking care of. He covered all basis with my eyes and was totally honest
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Concerned about how I felt my eyes progressed since last visit, willing to take time and discuss matters with me. If I have questions willing to take time to answer. Not all doctors willing to take the extra time with patients. Shows he cares for his patients. CHERYL W.
More than 1 year ago
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This doctor refused to give me a contact lens prescription due to the previous review I left on here. After my initial appt, I didn't hear back about a follow up after a week. I had to call to set upthe appt. I took the morning off to go in and the doctor wouldn't give me a prescription for contact lenses. This was the worst experience I've ever had with an optometrist and I have been happily served by many over the last 20 years of annual contact lens exams. The doctor refunded me, but that doesn't pay for the time I wasted going to his offices twice. Two weeks later, I have no prescription and old uncomfortable contacts.
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Dr. Budner has been my eye care doctor for over a decade. He's always professional and informative. Wait times can sometimes be a little later than your scheduled appointment time but most customers aren't on time themselves so everyone's atfault. His staff keeps you informed and they are always super friendly. I would recommend Dr. Budner definitely.
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I ended up paying double what I was quoted over the phone for a simple eye exam. I left the office without a prescription because the doctor couldn't figure mine out. I've always been identified with astigmatism and left the doctor'soffice with contacts that let me see 20/20. This doctor didn't give me contacts for astigmatism and needed to contact my previous optometrist to get my prescription. Over priced for unacceptable results.
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Great! They are all so friendly and give you so much advice and work around to help you out in any situation!
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The clinic is really clean and the doctor is brilliant. The staff in the office are really nice as well.
More than 1 year ago
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I arrived super early, so not the doc's fault, though the appointment was delayed a bit due to a technology issue. This doc has a great bedside manner, the follow-up is just right, and his sincerity and explanations were very helpful.
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Professional friendly staff. Thorough exam. Definitely recommended.
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Pleasant!
More than 1 year ago
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This doctor is a true professional. Take his time to speak to you. Left very impressed.
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Very professional environment and the doctor is excellent
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Dr. Budner and his staff were highly professional, courtesous, prompt, and the results of Dr. B's examination were clearly explained to me by him. I was delighted with my visit and will continue to use him.
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Very polite, and well educated staff. High technology, and sufficient equipments. Friendly, and expert eye Dr.
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Professional, curtious and highly candid advise leaves a very good impression
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Was no good today
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Dr. Budner was patient, knowledgeable, and considerate. I have severe myopia and astigmatism and have failed RGP lenses and had difficulty with Toric lenses. He took the time to explain my different options and prescribed me hybrid lenses.My vision is extremely important to my occupation and I am now able to see better than I have in a long time thanks to his expertise. I strongly recommend seeing Dr. Budner and have told my family and friends about him.
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This was the best and most thorough experience I've had with an optometrist in years. He takes times with you to explain what's going on. Highly recommended.
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Dr. Budner office is just a treat to visit
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Everyone attentive, warm, efficient. Atmosphere relaxed and confidence inspiring. Exam thorough and discussion clear. Good support in frame selection. A satisfying experience.
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Truly delightful experience with a true professional. Would highly recommend to any and all!
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They were great! Very thorough. The staff was so nice. I will never go to a "chain" eye doc again. Private practice is the way to go.
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Listened to my concerns -provided prompt thorough care. Dr Budner has provided top notch vision care for me and my family for over a decade!
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All of the office staff are friendly, helpful, and professional. Reminder cards and emails are timely and follow-up awesomely fast. The doctor, his assistant(s), and the opticians all provide clear forthright information to assist patient/clientsin personal decision making. This is one of the few practices I have encountered that discusses, nutrition, other health issues, activities, and age in relationship to a treatment plan. Unlike some offices, no one pressures clients. I have been wearing corrective lenses for 50 years and this is the best practice I have encountered. Highly and enthusiastically recommend.
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Dr. Budner does a thorough exam and takes the time to make sure you get all your questions answered. I never feel rushed. He also does a good job of explaining what to expect in the future due to aging. Heinvests in the latest technology to check for eye diseases and to compute accurate lens settings. His waiting room has a TV monitor with informative presentations on different eye-related subjects. He has an optical department to buy glasses and contacts, but doesn't push you to buy there. He emails out a detailed set of information specific to your situation for later reference.
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Dr. Budner is great. I've been a patient for nearly 30 years because he is professional and personable and has given me excellent vision care.
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