Dr. Lawrence Phillips, OD

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1077 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA, 02138

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On one of his consulting room walls hangs a personalized autographed picture of Nelson Mandela, an icon of his time and a personal hero of Dr. Phillips. Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, Dr Phillips graduated Witwatersrand Technikon School of Optometry. In 1975 after a short program at the London Refraction Hospital in England, he spent the following 15 years in his own private practice in and around Johannesburg.

He then moved with his family to Boston where he acquired a Doctor of Optometry Degree at the New England College of Optometry. Dr. Phillips has since worked in Cambridge as an Independent Eye Doctor for two different optical companies. He has now opened Brattle Square Optical – his own long anticipated specialty individual private practice. He is delighted to be back in Harvard Square.

Dr. Phillips is a Contact Lens Specialist and fits not only disposable lenses, but Rigid Gas Permeable Contact Lenses as well. With the huge over 40 population entering near vision problems or presbyopia, Dr. Phillips fits specialty multifocal lenses in a variety of materials whereby eliminating the frustration of putting on and taking off reading glasses. His expertise has resulted in numerous referrals from Opthalmologists as well as his current patients. His warm personality and sincere concern for each and every one of his patients is what he prides himself with.

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Dr : Phillips is Excellent, Front Desk not so much.

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Excellent customer service!

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Dr. Phillips was fantastic as always. Attentive, specific, professional, engaging. Overall a great experience.

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Dr. Phillips was an abosolute pleasure to visit with. He was clearly very knowledgeable about his field but also very kind and engaging which is a nice change from the usual run of the mill Lens Crafters experience. The hand picked lens styles are magazine worthy and it was hard to chose between all of the beautiful options. I would definitely recommend Dr. Phillips and his staff to anyone looking for an above average eye experience!

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Dr. Philips is very informative and took the time out to explain certain (accurate) things that he had noticed with my eyes. Very helpful insight; something that many of my previous optometrists had never mentioned let alone discussed variety of options.

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Dr. Phillips was professional. His staff, on the other hand, is very rude, unclear about pricing and the tests that will be conducted and I would not recommend anyone to that office for all of these unpleasant reasons.

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I'm a first time patient and came in for some mild eye trouble/annual exam. Dr. Phillips was friendly, reassuring, and informative. He made sure I understood my diagnosis and explained everything quickly and very clearly. Would highly recommend him!

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exceptionally friendly staff. Very organized and helpful. I appreciated that they checked my insurance to see if I was covered. I found Dr.Phillips to be someone that I easily trust with my health and found his suggestions to be completely in line with my own self-care needs.

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Dr Phillips was pretty awesome. He has a nice eye scan machine that avoided any need for dilating them pupils for a few extra bucks, which I felt was completely worth it. I still have to go back and pick out glasses, but that is also how un-pushy they were on making that sale.

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Dr. Phillips is great!

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This is my second visit to Dr. Phillips and I was happy to find that the great experience I had last time was repeated. Everyone in the office is kind and helpful, and most of all, very knowledgeable. I am so happy to have such a great practice near me!

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Dr. Phillips was great at explaining everything. he is well mannered, polite and informative. Also, his staff is just as amazing as he is. Highly recommend this office and doctor.

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Dr. Phillips and his team are phenomenal! I have followed them to two offices now. They always seem to remember who I am, what I'm up to, and what kind of styles I'm interested in. Dr. Phillips has a great sense of humor, an amazing "bedside" manner, and a way of convincing me to try new frames I never would've thought of. He always takes time to answer my questions and has taught me how important it is to take good care of your eyes, even if you don't need a vision aid. The turn around time on glasses is super quick and they have great hours. The office itself is gorgeous and their technology is state of the art. I couldn't be more impressed and thankful I found him and his team!

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Been going to Dr. Lawrence for about four years now. Very professional, knows his stuff.

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Dr. Phillips is professional, thorough, knowledgeable, and helpful. He will explain anything to you. He's a good doctor, and I will see him again.

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I thought the doctor was nice but his office staff is so terrible to deal with I won't be going back. I came in for dry eye issues requesting a RX I previously used. After two appointments my contact brand was changed which was likey a good move for my overall eye health. However the symptoms didn't go away and when I called back to ask for my original Rx the woman at the front desk made it difficult to relay messages, talking over me, speaking to me out of irritation that I needed anything. I was trying to give them consise information and instead had to take the time to follow up multiple times. I don't have time to call give them my insurance info, pharm number, Rx name, my contact info, and the necessary pre authorizations it requires multiple times. They talk more than they listen and I'm fed up dealing when them so after I get my Rx I'm never going back.

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Very nice doctor. He gave me a pair of contacts so I can try the glasses without having problems to check which one I like. They have a good selection of glasses and also they have an excellent machines to do the exam. I live far away and it was worth the trip there!!!

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I've been seeing Dr. Phillips for many years, and I've always found him to be courteous, professional, and very observant. This visit was no exception. He and his staff did their best to make sure that I got the best eye checkup possible, and I'm very happy and will be sure to recommend him to others.

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The doctor was really friendly, however, I was charged for a visual field testing for glaucoma without being informed that I would be charged. (My insurance doesn't cover this) I'm in my 20s and don't think this was necessary, especially without any prior knowledge that this test wasn't part of the normal annual exam. I am very disappointed. If you go, make sure you ask more questions than I did before the end of the exam!

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I'd recommend him highly!

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very excelent

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Great visit! I had never been to the eye doctor before, and Dr. Phillips was professional, personable and made me extremely comfortable and informed. The staff was friendly too - would highly recommend him!

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He's really great. I brought my baby and he was very accommodating.

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Dr. Phillips recommended progressive lenses on my first visit in 2013 and it was the right choice for me. It made a huge difference in reading, working on the computer and driving. The staff are very nice and helped me find the right styles for me. A year later, I had another check-up and the glasses are still perfect.

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Dr. Phillips was very helpful. He even identified issues in my prescription from a previous eye appointment with a different doctor. He made sure I knew I could speak with him once I got new lenses to make sure they were working properly.

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Excellent

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I went in for contact lenses for the first time at 55 years old. Walked an hour later in contact lenses. ????? Wow.

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Dr. Phillips was awesome. He was personally friendly and very professional, his staff was helpful and personable. Not a huge fan of going to the eye doctor in general, but I could actually see myself looking forward to going to Dr. Phillips.

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He was very thorough and noticed things that other eye doctors have not.

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He's a good doctor, very helpful and efficient, as well as friendly.

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The space is as wonderful as the visit to Dr. Phillips office. I have visited Dr. Phillips annually for 10 years and, although his location may change, the experience is always the same: quick, comfortable, fun, and informative. His staff, including his wife, always make me feel comfortable when I am waiting, browsing frames, or trying to understand the options available through my insurance. I would recommend (and have recommended) Dr. Phillips to anyone in the area seeking a optometrist. A couple additional notes: 1) since going to Dr. Phillips, I have not had my eyes dilated & 2) I waited 10 minutes because I was 20 minutes early for my appointment and during that time his staff and I were engaged in conversation.

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Great! Staff was wonderful, too.

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Dr. Phillips and his staff are fabulous. They are all competent and caring. I enjoy my yearly visit.

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We love Brattle Square Optical! Dr. Phillips is very caring, and the staff takes the time to find the perfect pair to suit me and my daughter. They have a fantastic selection of frames.

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Great OD. Highly recommended. Great staff.

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Been seeing him for years and think he's great, very thorough.

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Not just a great doctor, a very interesting and engaging person. I look forward to my trips to his office.

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Excellent, knowledgable, helpful, and friendly staff all around.

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The staff at the front desk were very friendly and helpful. The new office is really nice and spacious, and Dr. Phillips is very kind and listens carefully to any issues that you have. I took his advice and now my vision and overall eye health has improved compared to what it was last year!

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a very good experience, helpful staff and professional advice. would not hesitate to recommend.

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