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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Previous doctors either did not address concerns I had about my eyes (they feel dry and tired often) or they gave vague responses about how to treat or fix those issues. At Lawrence Phillips's office I received thorough answers to my issues and my changing prescription. He also showed me photos of my retinas which was pretty neat. Any doctor who takes the time to educate his/her patients is a keeper. So for those reasons I highly recommend this office.

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Years ago, Dr. Phillips persisted in correcting my wife's diplopia, after MEEI and New England College of Optometry gave up. He persisted with my glaucoma/cataract degenerative side effects and improved my vision significantly. We need more like him.

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4 years now and still sharp!

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Everyone in the office was very helpful and polite. Dr. Lawrence was very thorough, genuine, and knowledgeable. Thank you!

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Dr. Phillips' office was very convenient and clean. The staff was so helpful with pointing out what was/wasn't covered by my insurance. I hardly had to wait at all to see the doctor and felt I got a very thorough exam. Very pleased!

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Walked in as a new patient, and it felt really easy and simple with the front desk. I was seen pretty much right away, and Dr. Phillips gave me new glasses prescriptions and contacts that felt much more comfortable. He was also really kind and sweet, I didn't feel rushed, and overall I had a pleasant appointment.

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Efficient and knows what he's talking about. - little pricey but worth it if you want a knowledgeable professional

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Dr. Phillips was very friendly and thorough in his explanations and recommendations. I had a great experience and will definitely be going back!

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I love Dr. Phillips -- he takes the time to explain why certain procedures are done and what the results show, which makes me more comfortable with recommendations he makes. The entire office is very kind as well and are incredibly knowledgeable about both the products (glasses, etc.) AND my insurance!

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Seems like a smart guy

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Overrated expensive - unexpected service added. Like a hairsalon that adds in unexpected treatment on your bill without asking. Clearly a money making factory.

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He's great. Relaxed and knowledgeable, especially about contacts.

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I scheduled my appt because my vision has improved (due to eye exercises) and I needed to update the prescriptions for both distance & computer. The exam confirmed my vision is clearer, but Dr Philips seemed to ignore that this is a GOOD THING, and the steps I’ve been taking are definitely working. He seemed to reprimand me for not wearing glasses at the computer - but the obvious reason is that my current glasses are TOO STRONG so I've had no choice (again disregarding any vision improvement). He was also very negative in regards to my age saying things like “at your age (this or that happens)”, again completely disregarding the fact that MY VISION HAS IMPROVED (does he really think my vision can’t improve more??). It was as if his mind blocked out any validity of vision improvement, so it was very frustrating communicating with him. Dr Philips was nice enough but due to his denseness and limited thinking, I'm not sure if I'll see him again.

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Dr. Phillips is always at the forefront of his field, he keeps up to date with the latest developments and not only tells his patients what they should do in the best interest of their vision, but also explains WHY. Given that eyecare, like all US healthcare is not easy on the wallet this is an important thing for me to know and having the reassurance that I am not paying for something unnecessary is good and even though the decision is mine in the end, knowledge makes it easier to come to the conclusion that is right for me (even if it hurts my wallet).

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Dr. Phillips is unlike any eye doctor I've ever seen. He spent, and continues to spend so much time with me to ensure my prescription is 100% accurate.

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I went in assuming my insurance would cover the visit - he is in my network - only to find that this is only partially true. Thanks to insurance my bill was much less than it would have been, but it vastly exceeded my presumed copay. The service I received was stellar, and I would recommend this practice - but I do wish I had been told what to expect when I explained that this was my first time using vision insurance.

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Dr. Phillips listened to my concerns and did some extensive tests before coming to any conclusions. He is very patient and took the time to answer descriptively and not just in medical terms which sometimes is hard to follow for most of us until we look it up.

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Dr. Phillips is very friendly and efficient. He is also enthusiastic about eye health and explaining all the details involved. In addition, this practice seems to be very much up to date with the latest eye care technology. It had been years since my eyes were last examined and Dr. Lawrence put a lot of energy and care into my rather dire case despite it being at the tail end of a long day. Best eye doctor I've ever been to.

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Office staff were friendly and patient. Dr. Phillips was amiable, efficient, straightforward and took time to explain the thinking behind his assessments. I appreciated his candor and caring attitude. There were a few interruptions to my appointment -- Dr. Phillips took a phone call and also stepped out to check on something unrelated to my appointment.

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I was referred by a co worker to Brattle Square Optical, and I have to say they were excellent. Super friendly and professional, very informative, and I got my glasses same day! (I think I waited like 30-40mins). I would highly recommend and I will recommend friends and co workers to come here.

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Very thorough, calm demeanor, explained everything well. I appreciated his recommendations and helpfulness of everything.

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Professional

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I have been going to dr. Phillips for over 10 years for my eye exams, eyeglasses and contact lenses . I think he's the best at his craft and I always feel like my eyes receive quality care . He s andexperienced OD, with a personable and seasoned stafff.

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Very friendly. Efficient service, too, though what was covered with insurance was not explained.

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The visit was very good, but I was charged much more than I expected for a contact fitting as part of the visit. I wish that this had been communicated to me previous to the appointment - I would have specified that I was only interested in a routine eye exam.

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Wonderful visit. He made me lenses that day. Will be visiting again.

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He is professional polite friendly He listens and is incredibly competent I have extensive experience with health care professionals and I highly recommend Dr. Phillips

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Great place. I'm very happy to have Lawrence Phillips as my eye doctor.

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Great office with friendly staff. Dr. Lawrence was knowledgeable and was quick. I was pleased that his modern process meant no pupil dilation! Overall, it was a great and efficient experience.

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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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