Dr. Michael Gilbert, MD

Refractive Surgeon

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12301 NE 10th Place, 2nd Floor, Bellevue, WA, 98005
11800 N.E. 128th St, Suite 110, Kirkland, WA, 98034

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Dr. Gilbert is a nationally recognized, board certified leader in the ophthalmic community. He is a trustee of the Washington Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons, as well as a leader on medical, ophthalmic and quality improvement committees at both state and national level. He is committed to advancing technology and patient education to unique levels.
A noted instructor of refractive surgical techniques, he has represented our specialty on numerous occasions to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the World Health Organization, the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) and the International Society of Refractive Surgeons and Eye care Technology. He has performed thousands of laser-eye surgeries over the past decade for LASIK and PRK, as well as cataracts, corneal transplants and other advanced refractive surgical care.

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I'm needing a Dr. who can hear what I am saying and discuss what is working and what is not working. In talking about my treatment history he wasn't hearing that I had already tried most everything he recommended. He wasn't hearing that those methods hadn't worked. And he was prescribing them again, and they are very expensive. I'm not going to try something for the fourth time when I know it doesn't work. He wasn't hearing me, just pushing the scientific facts at me. I have facts too - and they come from my personal experience. Secondly, I was given a supposed sample of a new product and got out to my car and discovered that it was only paperwork in a very fancy package. no sample. I went back in and had to wait another 45 minutes to tell them that there wasn't a sample in my product and I neeeded an RX. They had no idea. This office needs to check things like that so I don't have to do their job for them and spend 45 minutes of my time waiting to do it. It's a very slick atmosphere in that office. Lots of polish and splash but i'm not sold on how well they actually serve their patients. I probably will search out another doctor.

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Dr. Gilbert is great, but my overall experience visiting his office was less than stellar. (Not terribly important, but as an FYI: This is definitely an eye care center for old people. Ornate wooden furniture and classical music in the lobby. TV loops cheesy, badly animated informational videos about various eye procedures and diseases. It's very strange.) I arrived 10 minutes before my new patient appointment to fill out any extra paperwork there may be. I needn't have bothered: I was called back to my appointment precisely 44 minutes late. When I asked a front desk employee exactly how far behind schedule they were running, she became inexplicably defensive and said she didn't know. The rest of his staff seems great. One thing to be aware of if having an annual exam done here: If you don't want your eyes dilated, there is an extra fee. I thought nowadays the non-dilated option was pretty standard and included in an annual exam - I'm pretty sure I haven't paid out of pocket for that in years. Because I had to wait so long, the staff was kind enough to provide this service to me free of charge, which I appreciated. I'm also used to getting contacts prescribed directly by my doctor at annual eye exams and placing an order for them on my way out the door. Here, I was told I'd have to make a separate appointment at the optometry center within the office to be fitted for contacts. That seemed strange as well.

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He is very nice and extremely knowledgeable. I would definitely recommend him to anyone.

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I've been seeing Dr. Gilbert for almost 20 years and he always engages me with the newest technology available for my eyes.

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Best eye doctor I have dealt with. I have been happy with other staff at this location and after spending just a short time Michael Gilbert was able to identify exactly what was wrong and what needed to be fixed. While the visit with him was short, I felt like I was given more information about my eyes then ever before and am glad he is able to quickly give his helpful knowledge to many patients.

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I am always treated with kindness and efficiency. All the professionals that I came in contact with were excellent. Dr. Gilbert has been my doctor for a number of years and I trust him implicitly.

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Professional, knowledgeable, courteous, and a great sense of humor. Routine eye exam. The staff were nice as well.

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Total visit time was two hours. Most of the time waiting for the doctor.

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I am cautiously optimistic, even though the wait time was ridiculous. Opinionated about new solutions to a very chronic eye disease. We shall see.

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He appears to have a very well run office with a very complete staff which first does your examination. That took about thirty to forty-five minutes. When the doctor came in, he read the notes did his own exam which took less than 10 minutes, and gave his diagnosis. I then was sent to the surgical specialist who scheduled me. I did however feel that she was trying to up-sell me on a more costly lens implant when I have my cataracts renoved,

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It was a great visit and everyone in the office is friendly and personable. The office is beautiful which helps with the ambiance. Very professional and knowledgeable staff.

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Always excellent.

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Always a pleasant office.

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Great doctor! Very personable, good sense of humor, and knew what he was talking about. Had some very positive news for me and I appreciated him taking the time to answer my questions. I've already recommended him to my sister.

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He is the best.

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Medically Dr. Gilbert is an expert in his field of which I greatly respect. I trust him and feel confident he takes care of me. The one complaint I have has nothing to do with his expertise but his office management. I had a 2 pm appointment for my annual eye exam, was taken right away but did not get out of his office until 3:30.

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Excellent eye exam, as usual. Initial part of exam with a technical assistant was through and courteous. Dr Gilbert explained the exam results and possible future treatments thoroughly.

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Overall it was a great experience. I just wish the forms that I filled out electronically prior to the visit would have made it to their office. Still had to do the dreaded paperwork.

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Thorough, clear communication and explanations regarding my eye issues. Recommended follow up in 6 - 9 months and/or immediately if any changes occur.

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Splendid. Mission accomplished.

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Our appointment time was 8am. We first saw a tech for all the exams. That took an hour. Then we sat and waited 45 minutes to see the doctor. Then we had to go pick out glasses and were told that they had very little for kids to choose from and maybe we should go elsewhere. I was expecting a one hour appointment. It was over 2.5 from start to finish. Overall not great.

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He figured out what caused my symptoms almost immediately! He then gave me a list of recommendations and urged me to give his office some feedback on the results in two weeks. If the symptoms continue, he counseled me to come in to see him without an appointment! Let's just say I was stunned! I've never received such concern and obvious caring from any professional in my long life (85 years)! I would highly recommend Dr. Gilbert to any friend with a need to see an Ophthalmologist.

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I've been seeing Dr Gilbert for about a dozen years now since he did my LASIK surgery. Have always felt like I got the best quality care and very professional & thoughtful service from everyone in the office as well as Dr Gilbert.

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Dr. Gilbert and the entire staff are always pleasant and thorough in their time with patients and complete explanation. Many thanks to all, Alice

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I find Dr.Gilbert to be very professional and friendly. He takes the time to be clear I understanding the condition of my eyes and addresses any questions or concerns I have. For years I have trusted his care for me and other family members. His office and staff are also excellent. My only complaint is that I can count on spending a very long time there from start to finish. There is a lot of wait time which gets frustrating when there are other commitments to be met in the same day.

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He has my complete trust! My eyes are so important to me! He is brilliant and cares!

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Made appointment expecting to get help deciding between glasses and contacts. Instead, Dr Gilbert found a condition that is easy to correct with laser. This, in turn, opens additional treatment options. I'm going to achieve better distance and close-up vision---probably best I have ever had in my life. Way beyond possibility, I thought, when I made the appointment as recommended by a friend.

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Get an early am appt. for a short wait. Gets busier as day goes on ergo longer wait. Efficient staff (John) did preliminary exam, reading letter chart etc., dilated my eyes in prep for Dr. Gilbert's exam. Very efficient arrangement.

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Dr. Gilbert presents as very competent, and open to address patients' questions. I would highly recommend him to friends/family.

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He is really great doctor. Saved my eye after I had a LASIK complication which i had done somewhere else. Highly recommend him. He will go to any length to take care of your eyes

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I was seen right away by the technician but the wait time to be seen by the doctor was long.

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I like the doctor, but wait times are horrible. Every time my wife or I visit wait times + time with doc is always over 2 hrs.

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Waiting time was way too long.

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I have confidence in Dr. Gilbert however I was in his office for two hours! Way too long.

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Enjoyed my visit

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Great, He answered my questions regarding to my eyes surgery and insurance coverage.

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Excellent, it was smooth, friendly and very professional. I think both Jessica and Dr. Gilbert are very proficient in their craft and I have no hesitation in recommending this office. Thank you for a very pleasant experience

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It too over 2 hours which I was not prepared for. The appointment was thorough and Dr. Gilbert believes he can help me with my eye issues so that was good to hear. He recommended some fish oil and eye drops that I was told I could purchase at the front desk. I would have done so except everyone had left for the day.

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I have gone to Dr.Gilbert for yours. He is terrific. Gives you a real feeling of competence.

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I recommend Dr. Michael Gilbert for vision.