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Dr. Saba Ayalew, OD

Optometrist

Professional statement

Metropolitan Optical staff strive to help customers get the most out of "their vision." The company views itself as more than just a place to get an eye exam and glasses, they welcome the opportunity to help customers find a higher quality of life through enhanced vision. Dr. Ayalew received her degree in Optometry from Salus University, Pennsylvania College of Optometry.

In-network insurances

  • Aetna
  • Amida Care
  • Avesis

Specialties

  • Optometrist

Practice names

Education and training

  • Salus University, Pennsylvania College of Optometry, Doctor of Optometry

Professional memberships

  • Optometric Society of the District of Columbia

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Languages spoken

  • English
  • Spanish
  • Burmese

Provider's gender

Female

NPI number

1912081514

Office locations

Saba Ayalew

1150 18th St NW

Washington, DC 20036

Saba Ayalew

1919 Pennsylvania Ave NW

Washington, DC 20006

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Nice and knowledgeable staff, very pleasurable experience!
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The doctor was good but the other staff were very aggressive with the sales. They would not even go over my insurance and how much the price of glasses they had were. Left me not wanting to recommend this practice even the though the doctor was fantastic.
Less than 1 month ago
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Great quick appointment! Highly recommended. The front desk staff were super nice and helpful while I waited. They even charged my phone during my appointment.
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While the wait time was a little on the long side it did not hurt my overall experience at all! I only mention the long wait time in case you’re trying to fit the appt. into a small window of time.I will recommend Dr. Ayalew to all my friends. She is definitely tops in terms of doctors I have visited!!
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If you are looking for an incredible and dare-I-say-nice experience at a doctor's office, look no further. From the moment you walk in the door and are warmly greeted, to the efficiency, professionalism, and helpful nature of the entire team,to the time Dr. Saya takes to fully answer your questions in plain language, I felt like I was in great hands and that everyone there actually cared about making sure to get everything right. 10 stars all around; couldn't recommend more highly.
Less than 3 months ago
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Friendly, went above and beyond in answering any questions I had.
Less than 3 months ago
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Great visit
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Dr. Ayalew was incredibly knowledgable and professional. I've had so much difficulty with my prescription over the years, but Dr. Ayalew took the time and had the expertise to get it right. Highly recommended!
Less than 3 months ago
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This was honestly one of the best doctor appointments I've ever had! The front desk staff was so pleasant and engaging. Dr. Ayalew was incredibly kind and kept the visit short and sweet. I highly recommend!
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Every time I go here the staff and Dr. Ayalew are extremely nice, professional and helpful. Highly recommend.
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Great doctor. Explains everything with patience. The staff are friendly but aggressive with selling you glasses. Not a lot choices for glasses They don’t walk you through insurance and pricing options and rush you into finalizing a sale. Disappointedin my overall experience with them but will recommend the doctor.
Less than 3 months ago
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I love this office! The receptionists and assistants are always smiling and super friendly and I love Dr. Ayalew's bedside manner. Definitely recommend
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Everyone in the office was extremely pleasant! I arrived a few minutes late due to a metro delay, but the staff was very understanding and I was seen immediately. Had a great time picking out my new glasses! Would definitely recommend and return again.
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I really liked her!
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Great doctor great office!
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She was excellent! I would highly recommend Dr. Ayalew.
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I had such a great experience here! Super friendly, quick, and accommodating. Highly recommend.
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Everyone is really nice and helpful. I also waited no time.
Less than 6 months ago
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Dr. Saba Ayalew was so sweet. The rest of the staff is awesome. I finally was able to get my glasses yesterday and I was just so happy with everything! I'm referring everyone I know here! Thank you all for everything!
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Dr. Saba is very professional and thorough in her exams. Highly recommended.
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She was great. Quick, to the point, and solved my problem.
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She is great, very kind and helpful. Her office was slow to deliver my glasses though.
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The doctor is wonderful. She actually spent nearly an hour and a half with me. I've never had such good care.
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I was seen right away. Dr. Ayalew and her staff were extremely friendly, professional, and courteous. Dr. Ayalew took her time explaining my prescription and checked my eye health as well. I was thankful she didn’t whiz through my appointment.I felt she took the time to explore my eyes as well as explain her findings to me. After my appointment the optometrist saw me too and helped me select options for what could be my first pair of glasses. She gave me pricing with all of my insurance info included and didn’t pressure me to buy at all. I was very happy with my appointment!
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Great experience with Dr. Ayalew. She was very thorough and informative.
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Dr. Ayalew helped me understand my eyes better than my doctor before. I was always told that looking at a computer screen for so long was abusive to my eyes but she actually helped me figure out how to remedy theissue. She also thoroughly explained my new prescription like no other eye doctor before. She was warm and welcoming and truly listened. I couldn't be happier with my visit.
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Dr. Ayalew was very friendly and helpful.
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Very pleasant visit from beginning to end. Staff was super friendly and Dr. Ayalew was excellent. Great bedside manner, easy to understand, and took care of things quickly. I will definitely be coming back soon!
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Fantastic staff that went above and beyond to help me get what I needed from the appointment.
Less than 1 year ago
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Everyone was very friendly and professional. My only feedback was that they automatically charged me for the pictures of my retina. I wouldn’t have opted in if they had given me a choice.
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It's difficult to rate Dr. Ayalew as I didn't actually see her; I was treated by one of her associates. On the website, she's the only doctor listed at this location, but it seems like there are definitely others practicing here.The reason that I wasn't seen by her was not explained to me by any of the staff members at the office though, so I'm assuming that this is normal for them.
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This was an excellent experience. I was in and out in about 45 minutes and the staff was professional and courtesy. Dr. Ayalew gave a thorough exam and walked me through the pictures of my eyes, and answered several questions.
Less than 1 year ago
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The best optometry office I’ve ever visited. The staff and doctors are amazing and care about their patients.
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I had an excellent experience with Dr. Ayalew and her staff. Everyone I encountered was friendly and helpful from the moment I walked in. Dr. Ayalew was engaged while she listened to my concerns and took the time to explain thingsto me that I had been confused about for years because no other medical professional had taken the time to really explain them to me. I would highly recommend this office to anyone who is looking for an optometrist who is interested in more than just checking boxes and making sales. Although this facility is located in a retail glasses store, I felt no pressure at all to purchase, nor did I feel that there attitude changed towards me at all when I said I would prefer to purchase through another vendor. Excellent experience and definitely will return.
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Dr. Saba was super nice, very efficient and made some great suggestions on how to get more comfort with my lenses within the type of work I do. Highly recommend! Also the staff and the patient coordinators were very nice and helpful too!
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The best doctor I have ever visited in my life.God bless her!
Less than 1 year ago
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Dr. Ayalew was excellent. Very professional, and very clear in her explanations. The office staff was nice and easy to work with and the facility was very pleasant. Even though the office is in a retail optician store, there was nopressure to buy new glasses or frames. He focus was on my health, my eyesight, and helping me to understand my options. I will go back, and would highly recommend Dr. Ayalew.
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Excellent staff, no wait, and very professional
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She was very nice and professional . Gave me great insight on my eyesight and what can be done to improve my vision. Highly recommended!!!
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Excellent!!!
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got my prescription wrong several times. Not good!
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Friendly staff and incredible doctor. Finally gave me the right prescription and I can see more clearly than ever before. So grateful!
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Everyone was very professional, the office and equipment were very clean, and there was no pressure to purchase glasses after the appointment (though I did!). Highly recommend.
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The office was friendly, helpful, and welcoming. The staff walked me through the eye exam and glass-picking process. I worked with Erin who was extremely patient while I found frames that I liked.
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Amazing! She took the time to talk me through the process, while remaining efficient and straightforward. Dr. Ayalew was thoughtful, answered my questions, and clearly had my best interest in mind. Thank you!
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Very good dr and staff. On your way pay attn to streets. Bldg is marked with the Pennsylvania Ave address on Eye St side and true ofc entrance is a block around corner on Penn side of bldg, marked with same address.
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Doctor was great! Saw me right away and was very nice and professional!
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I chose Dr. Ayalew based on the other positive ZocDoc reviews, and can say after my first appointment, I was not disappointed. The office is clean and welcoming, and the staff were very helpful and friendly. I was happy with boththe quality of care given and the attention to detail and explanation from Dr. Ayalew.
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The staff was professional, courteous, and efficient. Dr. Ayalew has excellent bedside manners. She explained everything to me in exacting detail. I was quite pleased.
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Knolwdgable and thorough with my eye needs from a basic exam to a more complicated skin issue that required a few follow-ups that were scheduled very convienantly for me. Her support staff are also phenomenal.
More than 1 year ago
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