Several organizations provide ratings for eye doctors including U.S. News & World Report, HealthGrades.com, and EyeDoctorReview.com. Personal physicians are reliable sources for eye doctor recommendations as well.
When researching a prospective eye doctor, it is important to distinguish between Optometrists and Ophthalmologists. Optometrists are not medical doctors but they do have training in implementing routine eye care, diagnosing eye disorders and diseases, testing patients' vision, and prescribing glasses or contact lenses. Ophthalmologists are medical doctors capable of treating more serious eye disorders and performing surgery. Considerations when choosing an eye doctor include the doctor's own experience and background as well as the patient's personal specifications. Friends, family, and co-workers who wear corrective eye wear can provide recommendations as well.