Dr. Scott Sylvia, OD

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1 Porter Square, Cambridge, MA, 02140

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Dr. Scott Sylvia did his undergraduate training at UMASS Dartmouth and received his Bachelors of Science in 1984 and his Doctorate in Optometry in 1986 from the New England College of Optometry in Boston. In 2000, he received his MBA with a concentration in Health Care administrative management and Marketing from Bryant College. He was a staff optometrist at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care in Rhode Island from 1989-1997. He was involved in numerous projects during his tenure there. Along with seeing patients full time, he was chairperson of the Practice Standards Committee for Optometry and Ophthalmology, a member of the HIV/AIDS Act-One committee, the management/supervisory council, the Epicare computerized medical records committee, and was co-supervisor of the vision care department in the Lincoln Health Center. He was also a Diversity ambassador/trainer, and member of the corporate diversity steering committee and the corporate Health Triangle steering committee. Dr.Sylvia is now in private practice at Parrelli Optical, performs primary eye care services and specializes in contact lenses. He is part of the Leadership Team from Vistakon. He is also part of the Clinical Faculty from the New England College of Optometry training interns in his office. He is an affiliate doctor of the TLC Laser Eye centers and co-manages patients who undergo laser vision correction. He is a member of the American Optometric Association, the AOA Contact lens and Cornea Section, The Mass Society of Optometrists, the Human Rights Campaign Federal Club, and the Greater Boston Business Council. He served on the Board of Directors of the Greater Boston Business Council as a Director at large, Treasurer, then President. He is currently on the Board of Directors of CRI serving as treasurer.

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Dr Sylvia is always delightful, charming, professional, prompt and accurate. Wish every doctor was as great to work with.

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Knowledgeable compitant compassionate

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Dr. Sylvia is an excellent Optometrist, who has the latest imaging & exam technology, and makes the exam process pleasant and fun. Convenient evening hours are an added bonus.

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Dr Sylvia is great! Love him! Amazing Dr. Highly recommend.

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Always a great experience.

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I have been Dr. Silva's patient for several years and am very happy with his treatment and professional demeanor.

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Always professional, friendly, and thorough. Friendly office members too. Been seen here for years and years! Highly recommend.

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Dr Sylvia was great and helped get my contacts ordered as well as any applicable insurance coverages and manufacturers rebates.

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I made an annual eye appointment to have my eyes evaluated post-LASIK treatment a few years ago. The entire appointment lasted ~15 minutes of which 10 minutes was spent calling my insurance to make sure the appointment would be covered. Dr. Sylvia then just spent 5 minutes asking me to read far away letters, near letters, and shone a light in my eye briefly. Later I got a not negligible bill. Maybe I'm spoiled because my previous optometrist would spend at least a half hour reviewing my eyes with me after multiple tests to make sure everything looked okay, but spending almost triple digits for a 5 minute joke of an appointment was really a waste.

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Dr. Sylvia is a very professional, very caring, very competent eye doctor. He took his time to talk to me about my vision problems.

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Dr. Sylvia was great. Very professional, good bedside manner, helped tell me just what I needed. I didn't like the man who was at the front. His job is to 'help' you get your glasses, find the ones that would fit, etc. Only he did not do any of that. He told me bare minimum of what I could do, purchase others or get insurance allowed glasses.l He then proceeded to talk badly about the Insurance I have. Putting it down & not really helping me. I had to go back to the office to get them adjusted, he didn't do that before I left when I picked up my glasses. The glasses have broken & I don't want to go back to deal with him. I'm looking to find a different Optometrist who can help me get them repaired that won't talk down to me about just how bad the quality of the work is.

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I would definitely go back again. Convenient location, nice facilities, quick and efficient. He also answered all of my questions.

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He is the best! professional and knowledgable and great personality

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The appointment was quick, which was nice. I was confused as to why I didn't receive a full eye exam with a glaucoma test and everything. Also, they wanted to charge extra per eye for a digital test/picture, which was included at my previous optometrist's appointments (in a different state, but my insurance hasn't changed.) Dr. Sylvia was very professional, but not particularly friendly. I would probably recommend him if you need a simple prescription for contacts or glasses, thus he met my needs well.

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Very gracious and calm demeanor. Answered all questions.

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Dr. Sylvia is always friendly and extremely professional. He regularly incorporates the most modern equipment and methods into his practice and I always leave his office feeling extremely confident that I'm getting the best care possible. - Dave M

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Great OD. Very personable as well as being Professional. Great Guy.

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Very fast, effective, got the job done and gave me some tips on keeping my eyes healthy. Did not try to up-sell which I liked.

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I'm always pleased with Dr. Sylvia's services and manner.

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This place wasn't very clean. I prefer when they use sanitary wipes on the equipment that touches people's faces before or after they use it but this equipment looked as though it hadn't ever received a wipe down.

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I've seen Doctor Sylvia for one year now and he has been very helpful and accommodating. He always answers my questions knowledgable and helped me, a first time insurance holder, understand my eye insurance questions. I recommend him to my friends who are new to the area!

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I would recommend Dr. Sylvia to anyone who is looking for an optometrist in Cambridge.

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I had come from seeing a dr. that wasn't optimistic that they would find a contact that would fit my irregular cornea. That was all put to rest with dr Sylvia ! In my visit I felt the same feeling that contacts were not going to work, but where others gave up, dr Sylvia kept trying more and more. At one point in the fitting I even said thanks for not giving up. I'm very happy and would recommend him 1000%

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It was s great visit aa usual. Dr. Sylva and the Parelli staff were efficient, curteous, and friendly.

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I have been visiting Dr. Sylvia for several years and am very happy with his care. He has been carefully monitoring a couple of potential issues with my sight for the past few years. I highly recommend him.

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Appreciated the technology used during the exam and the knowledge of Dr Sylvia.

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Dr. Sylvia was responsive to my questions and gave specific advice.

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It was great

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Thorough and efficient in good time. Helpful re problem with tearing eye. His canine "supervisor" is cute.

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Thorough exam using latest technology in a clean, modern office.

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Very professional, very personable.

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He is great with all ages.

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This is my last appointment visit. It was just to check if I had my contacts on and if they felt comfortable. He gave advice on what to use when my eyes dry from staring at the computer screen too long. In the end, he helped explain what kind of contacts I will be ordering. I placed my orders before I left. He was very good with giving me the pricings for the contacts that is covered by my insurance. Overall, I would highly recommend Dr. Sylvia. He knows a lot about being an optometrist.

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Once I arrived, I checked in and waiting to be treated in about 5 minutes. Dr. Sylvia then came out to greet me and brought me into his office. After that he asked what I was in the office for and I told him to get my routine check up as well as get prescribed contacts. He went through the whole procedure and told me that I was a good candidate for contacts. After the check up, he got contacts to put them into my eye, but giving me instructions on where to look. The process wasn't bad at all. In the meantime, he had me wear them for about 10 minutes, and during that time, he was entering my information into the system, along with pricing for my contacts/ insurance information. After that, he took them off and told me to reschedule another appointment.

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My second follow-up appointment was to go over how to put and take off my contacts. The process took less than 30 minutes because I believe the instructions that Dr. Sylvia gave me was easy to follow. He also went over the pricing for what my insurance covered after trying out my contacts. In the end, he wanted me to schedule one last appointment to go to make sure the contacts are fitted right and that I am still a good candidate. Overall, it was a fast and good experience.

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Very professional doctor. Works fast but is friendly and answered all of my questions.

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Dr Sylvia is always pleasant and on time. He is very knowledgable.

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Excellent--my eyes feel taken care of. :)

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It's always a pleasure to see Dr Sylvia - he's the best!

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Very professional and thoroughly