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Dr. Barbor graduated with honors from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in 1992. During her training she completed an internship in ocular disease at Omni Eye Services in Atlanta, Georgia, a pediatric internship at The Eye Institute at The Pennsylvania College of Optometry and a contact lens internship with Dr. William Morrison, one of the pioneers in soft contact lens technology. Dr. Barbor has been practicing in the DC metro area for the past 18 years. She has extensive experience in managing and treating ocular disease, post-surgical care and contact lens fitting. She has served as a clinical investigator for clinical trials ranging from new pharmaceutical formulations to intraocular lens implants. She is currently a trainer for research sites participating in trials for the treatment of Diabetic Macular Edema and Age-related Macular Degeneration. The National Board of Examiners in Optometry appointed her a clinical examiner in the year 2000 and she has served consistently over the past 11 years. She has conducted workshops at Georgetown University on contact lens fitting and evaluation. She is a reviewer for the Council on Practitioner Education and a member of the international Tear Film and Ocular Surface Society. She and her husband and daughter have lived in Chevy Chase, Maryland for the past 6 years. They love going to the movies and riding bikes in Rock Creek Park. Every year they manage to fit in some skiing and some time at the beach. Dr. Barbor welcomes you to her practice and urges you to contact her with any questions or concerns.
Verified Patient Reviews
Dr Barbour is great. The office is very pleasant and intake is very efficient. We were seen right away. The eye exam was very thorough and Dr. Barbour is charming. No hesitation recommending Dr. Barbour to anyone needing an optometrist.
Except for an unexpected fee the visit went very well. Dr. Barbor responded to my issues and concern very well
Very helpful and explained prescription use.
I liked Dr. Barbor a lot. Personable and thorough.
She is one of the best professional people I have ever dealt with. She is smart, an excellent communicator and always respectful of everyone. Absolutely superb!!
Dr. Barbor and Daniel are so great! I was a little nervous about my appointment, but was quickly put to ease by how everything was explained to me in full detail before being done. I will definitely be a returning patient. The location is also very convenient.
I was so pleased with Dr. Barbor and with EDOW. She and the staff were courteous, professional and efficient. I am so happy with my new contact lenses, and she was extra patient with my 12y old son as he got his new contact lenses (no easy feat -- he frustrates easily). Highly recommend!
My visit with Dr. Barbor was positive. She was attentive to my minor concerns and used machines and her experience to investigate them. She recommended certain reasonable steps to deal with them. Dr. Barbor inspires confidence in her judgment and I recommend her highly.
I like her because she explains everything thoroughly, and I understand what she says.
She was great and the initial assistant that preps you for the dr was one of the best I have met.
Love the customer service. Always nice to be there.
Dr. Barbor was very thorough and professional. I would feel very comfortable being treated by her in the future!
There is no better eye doctor than Melissa Barbor. The is kind, toughttul, gentle, a great listener, and an excellent problem solver. I wish every physician could be like her!
I feel very comfortable talking to her and she fully answers my questions. I am very happy with this eye doctor.
She was professional and listened to my concerns. My situation was complex and she took the time to give me information that made the situation clearer. I prefer a doctor who considers best results come when patient and Doctor work together. Dr Barbor fulfilled my hope for clarity.
Dr. Barbor Melissa is an excellent professional.
Dr. Barbor was very professional and answered all questions.
Everyone in the office this morning was polite, patient and helpful. Melissa was professional and intent on fully explaining our situations. We left knowing our vision situations clearly.
I LOVE the way this office is set up, and the fact that everything is done on the computer -- no paper forms for the patient to fill out.
She showed patience and understanding, She answered all my questions. Very professional.
very pleasant and professional. I felt as though Dr. Barbor listened to my concerns and was responsive.
Very professional, communicative, warm and friendly.
They were quick! Staff was absolutely amazing.
Impressive and felt she provides excellent care.
Office staff very friendly and helpful. Dr Barbor was great…very thorough and thoughtful.
Dr. Barbor is very efficient, knowledgeable and a pleasure to talk with during the appointment.
This was my first visit to this visit and I could not have been happier. I was greeted in the waiting room by Dr. Barbor, and everything went very smoothly. She was great at explaining her wait through the appointment and answered all of my questions. I was a little nervous about the computerized check in (I thought i would miss the personal touch) but the whole staff was great.
Excellent as always.
Easy, quick visit. Very friendly staff all around. No complaints.
Nothing spectacular as far as the service from the staff goes. The front desk had several people in line, so it didn't seem like they wanted to take the time to give each patient their full attention. The technician didn't have great bedside manner and actually seemed a bit stressed and dismissive in order to move through the patient queue. Dr. Barbor herself is great. She takes the time to explain eye health and preventative care very thoroughly. If it wasn't for her good bedside manner and upbeat attitude, this would be just another typical doctor's office.
Very professional knowledgeable and pleasant.
She's been my eye doc for maybe 5-6 years now.
Both the tech and Dr. Barbor were great. Thorough work, never felt rushed, all questions answered.
I appreciate Dr. Barbour and the staff at Eye Doctors of Washington.
It was very wonderful! She listened to me and answered all my questions.
Head and shoulders above your average OD.
Everything was great except the wait time, but long waits are not typical of this office.
Routine annual exam, very thorough and complete. Have been seeing Dr. Barbor for many years.
Friendly and professional.
I would see Dr. Barbor again. She took the time to explain things to me and to make sure I understood. I would recommend her to anyone needing eye care.
I wish you had called me about your change in policy. Charging just to write a prescription feels excessive. It's not a good use of your customers' time to not let them know in advance that there's been a change. I would absolutely recommend Dr Barbor herself, but not this new practice.
Very possitive experience, they take their time to address your needs and listen to you.
So annoyed when doctors run late! She was over 30 minutes late, which has seriously messed up my appointments today.
Intelligent, thoughtful and thorough. dr. Barbor listened carefully, addressed my concerns and was both helpful and efficient. Briana, who assisted, was also excellent in every regard.
Self- checkin kiosks are a plus. Staff and doctor were extremely personable and efficient. Everything was explained in detail and all questions were answered.
I like her and the staff, but waited about 45 minutes between my intake evaluation and actually seeing the doctor, which is really unacceptable with no explanation or apology.
She is very patient with children.
Dr. Barbor is highly competent and has an excellent memory for patient detail. I trust her recommendations completely.
Very thorough and accommodating. Would highly recommend.
She's the best
Very thorough and explained everything clearly. She is very personable.
It was a pleasant experience and she was very informative about the different options I had for vision correction.
I had to change my appointment time and I could not reach the office to do that, since they were closed on the Friday that i called. but they were fine with the time change and my examination went well.
As always DR Melissa B very nice and very helpful even my insurance not more acceptable to go forward ,she did not hesitate to give help and care to my case .that s why I strongly recommend and refer her to anyone .bottom line very professional, good attitude and very welcoming .
Very professional and extremely helpful. Explains everything so you can understand what is happening and why. Highly recommend her.
This was my first visit with Ms. Barbor. She was calm, easy to talk to, and very informative. She didn't rush through the procedures like an opthalmologist or his assistant would.
First-rate optometrist! Very thorough exam for a new patient.She presented a range of good options for glasses, as well as referrals for good lens crafters in DC.
She's great. Encouraged -- and answered -- all my questions!
Excellent - I live in NYC and without hesitation I would return to DC for another visit, if need be.
Dr Barbour was extremely kind and thorough. She explained everything in great detail. The exam was quick and painless. I am glad I found her.
All-around excellent, would hightly recommend her! My husband also recommends her.
Dr. Barbor was exceptional. She spent a great deal of time with me and clearly discussed her diagnosis and treatment options. She has an excellent manner.
Pleasant and very accommodating. She addressed my concerns immediately and I left her office feeling confident and assured re her diagnosis.
Wonderful doctor. Very helpful and concerned.
Dr. Barbor was fantastic and had excellent bedside manner. She listened and addressed all my concerns, and did not rush through the appointment. So happy to have found a great doctor so close to me!
Excellent--very professional.She spent time with me discussing my overall situation. I felt well taken care of.
I absolutely love Dr. Barbor.
She awesome treat me with the best of respect and explain everything that she about to do.
She was great!
Excellent and knowledgeable doctor!
She is a professional provider.
She was very kind and helpful. I'll definitely be back.
Very professional. And pleasant. Just what the doctor ordered!
Great. At the end of the eye exam, she patiently asked me if I had any other concerns or questions (something very few of my other doctors do). Friendly demeanor and helpful all-around. Will definitely be returning in the future.
Dr. Barbor is terrific. I am 17 and I ask a LOT of questions. I have been going to her for about 5 years and she has always taken time to answer my questions, explain what she's doing, and show me whatever I'd like to see. She made it really easy for me to start wearing contact when I was in 8th grade. She's a great doctor!!
Great! Professional and friendly! Would recommend her!
Nice. Knowledgeable. I'll go back.
Excellent. Fit for purose, right on target!
Dr. Barbor answered my questions and spent adequate time examining me.
Extremely professional and knowledgeable. Best eye doctor I have had after 30 years of wearing contacts and glasses.
Excellent doctor! She was very patient and provided me my first ever glasses prescription.
Professional. Efficient. Easy.
She was great. Also, I order my glasses online and have had doctors that weren't happy when I asked to take a written copy of my Rx home but this was in no way the case with Dr. Barbor.
I trust Dr. Barbor with my eyes!
The experience was perfect for what it was. I had an eye infection and it reoccurred, but the check up and recommendation was satisfactory.
She was very friendly and explained everything she was doing and needed you to do in a clear way. The check-up seemed very thorough.
Very pleased - she's professional, clearly competent..i.was impressed
Dr. Barbor was totally professional, the exam started and finished on time, and she answered every question that I had. It was a pleasant experience and I have no complaints.
I am very comfortable relying on Dr. Barbor's expertise with regard to my eye care and the monitoring of health indicators via my eye health.
Dr Barbor was extremely generous with her time. I was very concerned about an eye infection I had and called in for a last minute appointment. Although I couldn't make it until 1pm (the time she usually leaves for the day) she insisted on waiting to see me before she left for the day. She was very reassuring, polite, warm and knowledgeable during my visit. I highly recommend her.
She was great. Gave a good eye exam and gave sound advice. Would recommend.
Dr. Barbor is an excellent doctor. The best eye doctor I have ever been to.
Overall great doctor.
Dr. Barbor was great! Very friendly and explained everything clearly.
Been my Eye Doctor for over 20 yrs! She is alway very good...and I have complex eye issues.
She was excellent and informative!
Dr. Barbor is a superb professional. She is highly knowledgeable and put me at ease right away. I would not hesitate to recommend her to family members, friends, and colleagues.
I was very impressed by the amount of time Dr. Barbor took with me, how good she was at explaining things, and her thoroughness in the eye exam. Her office assistant was also very nice. I'm not sure why the wait to see her was so long, but they did apologize for the delay.
Excellent doctor and office!
She's a great and informal doctor
Very caring, thorough and professional. She spends time with her patients and is good with children.
Dr. Barbor is very kind, friendly, and professional, and I felt very safe and comfortable with her. I would strongly recommend her to anyone.
I especially appreciated that Dr. Barbor suggested multiple options for me, so that I have several good choices for how to deal with my rather complicated vision issues.
Wonderful disposition and thorough. Highly recommended.
A thorough eye exam with clear explanations.
She was great!! And answered all my questions!
Dr. Barbor is professional, pleasant, and kind. As I might have said before, I wish she could be my primary care physician as well as my eye doctor. I recommend her with great enthusiasm.
She was great. Professional and knowledgeable.
Dr. Barbor has been taking care of my eyes for several years and I trust her implicitly.
I found her on this site when looking for someone my insurance covers. She did everything herself and seemed to schedule only one patient at a time so the appointment was very smooth. Hardly any waiting.
Very thorough! An excellent exam, and I left relieved. She even dealt with my inability to have anyone put drops in my eyes.
A very knowledgeable professional with a clean and efficient practice. I feel comfortable and was pleased with my appointment. I was looking for a permanent optometrist and I believe I've found one.
Dr. Barbor was wonderful in getting me set up with a new contact lens prescription. She explained every step of the eye exam and answered all my questions. I felt like the appointment moved quickly but not at all rushed. And, I really appreciate that she didn't push me to get new eyeglasses since my prescription had changed so little.
Terrific optometrist! Highly recommended.
Dr. Barbor is very nice, gentle and she explains what she is doing during the eye exam and her diagnosis, if any. I will definitely return to her practice.
She's very friendly and to the point. Good eye doctor. I will definitely be going back.
Always a pleasure to see Dr. Barbor! She is very clear and helpful to me!
Excellent and very patient and professional as always!
I got a lot more information from this one visit than I'd ever gotten from any other Eye exam in my life. Or I just listened better this time around. Even though it was a bit tricky to get here, i'd definitely go back.
Excellent treatment and advice.
She was very professional and took her time with me,answered my question always looked me in the face. I will be taking my son there as well after today.I would refer her to anyone. And not to mention very nice and polite made me feel very comfortable,she is not there to take your money she cares.
Superb; she is a terrifc doctor and person.
Excellent, I will go back to Dr Barbor!
Outstanding! Highly recommended. It was a pleasure and I wish her all the best.
She saw me on short notice because I am planning to travel. It was a big help.
MRS MELISSA BARBOR IS A VERY GOOD DOCTOR.
Melissa Barbor is wonderful. She is effective, timely, and very open to taking time to talk through things. She is as knowledgeable OD, I trust her abilities and know my eyes are being well cared for.
Dr Melissa is very kind person ,my first visit seems like i know her for longtime.i am deeply touched with her professionalism and how she deals with my case . thanks again . sincerly . Fatima .
Dr. Barbor is very helpful in explaining my eye issues and does not hesitate to get back to me if I have any sort of problem. Thanks, Dr. B.!
She was very kind and understanding. I hate and fear anything to do with eyes and she put me at ease.
Very knowledgable and competent. Willing to tolerate and answer my constant questioning. A great eye doctor
Excellent, she's professional and inspires confidence
Very, very professional and extremely competent and patient.....Highly recommend!
Excellent doctor. I highly recommend her as she is so competent, very thorough and focused and gentle. i was impressed by the time she took to listen and understand my concerns. A+ that is the grade she deserves!
Very professional and helpful, gave me great suggestions for minimizing costs.
Dr. Barbor is great! She carefully explained my particular visual traits to me and we discussed several options to improve both my near and distance vision with contact lenses. We developed a gameplan to try several contact-based solutions that fit my particular needs and now my vision is perfect again. I'm happy with the results and now I feel I understand what was happening to my vision, too. I will recommend her highly to friends!
Very professional and pleasant. I will visit her again.
Very good. Dr. Barbor was very professional, nice, and truly helpful. She answered all my questions and went above and beyond to get me what I needed. I would definitely recommend her to anyone who wants good eye care!
I found Dr. Barbor very nice, she gave me time to ask questions and gave me pertinent answers. I didn't feel rushed at all.
Dr. Barbor was extremely professional. She answered all of my questions and even took the initiative to let me know that my insurance also covered new frames for my glasses.
Dr. Barbor was excellent. I needed a new eye doctor in DC and she exceeded my expectations! Very nice, friendly, clearly experienced and was completely willing to answer my questions - I didn't feel rushed in the slightest. Will definitely highly recommend Dr. Barbor to all friends and family in the area!
Great other than my appointment started 35 mins late
She is very knowledgeable, explains what she's doing clearly, and is very personable. She welcomes questions and makes suggestions given everything she knows about your health.
Dr. Barbor was so very helpful in diagnosing a more severe problem effecting my vision than I had ever considered. And she was able to schedule a appointment with a specialist the same day so that this issue could be treated quickly.
I had an excellent experience. Really appreciated her thoroughness and professionalism, explaining multiple options and their pros and cons. It was a pressure-free visit. She made no comments to push for a certain product or to indicate she can sell you what you need. Unless I asked, she would not have said anything about this. She helped me find a suitable frame and to understand details about costs with and without my specific insurance. The office is very quiet and pleasant.
Very thorough and adroit examination while maintaining a highly professional bedside manner. Her front desk staff was a bit late, but she handled the situation very sanely and treated her staff with respect. I appreciated the comprehensiveness of the exam: she performed testing (e.g. color-blindness) that should be elementary, but that I've never previously received from other providers. Overall, I had a very pleasant and smooth experience and would highly recommend Dr. Barbor.
Dr Barbor had a great chair-side manner with our 7 yo. We left understanding our daughter's current vision concerns as well as what to watch for in the future.
Very professional! Very understanding and patient.. Easy to communicate with.
I like Dr. Barbor. She is not only very professional but also quite personable. I trust her judgement and in addition I find her recommendations to be practical.
she's great. Took her time and explained everything.
I see Dr Barbor for both eye exams and my contact lenses. She's been terrific fitting me with bifocal lenses now I see better than ever!
Dr. Barbor was very knowledgeable and more than adequately answered all of my questions. She had a calm manner, explained clearly the different procedures and was extremely professional. I felt very comfortable with her. Her office staff was also friendly and very efficient.
Dr. Barbor is the best in all categories! Great bedside manner, very pleasant and thorough. I've been wearing glass/contacts since 1968 and she is by far my favorite!!!
Very nice and thorough.
I'm new to the area and finding Dr. Barbor was a miracle. It's hard to find someone that you feel comfortable with right away, but I did!. She is a true professional, knowledgeable in her field and GREAT bedside manner!! I would recommend to anyone!!!
No complaints--will come back next year.
Dr. Barbor is a consummate professional, and she is patient and kind. I can't say enough good about her; I wish she were my physician for everything else as well as my eyes.
Professional, friendly. Great visit.
Dr Barbor is terrific. Very pleasant and professional. I had an eye infection and she was thorough in describing likely causes and care treatment. I highly recommend her.
It was very impressive on how professional and caring she was about her patients. I would definitely recommend her.
Dr. Barbor was professional, answered all of my questions and was very generous with her time and knowledge.
This was my first visit to Dr. Barbor—and my first eye examination in ages—but she was really professional, friendly, and seemed to cover all the bases.
Very thorough, professional, pleasant
Thorough eye examination. Explained every step of the process. Relaxed atmosphere put me at ease.
She was great! Found the problem and treated it. My eye is finally better after 3 weeks of redness.
Wonderful - professional, fast, but took the time to answer all my questions.
Very nice, smooth, professional, and overall great experience. Dr. Barbor was wonderful and the follow-up was great too.
She is very nice and helpful. She even looked up my insurance benefit information so I could better make informed decisions about my eye care.
Very professional and thorough.
I loved my visit, although, my wait was a little longer than normal. Only because she had quite a few patients in the office. Her professionalism made my visit worth the wait. I will be returning and you should definitely try her as well! 100% happy with my visit. Thank you ZocDoc & Dr. Barbor
Very nice. Would recommend.