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Boothe: Rated! Majority Rules...

The negative comments posted on different rating boards are similar. Very few patients had anything good to say about Dr. Boothe?s practice:

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Comments by aggie82 on 08/14/08

aggie82 edited this scorecard on 08/15/08

 

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  2007-2008  I would highly recommend not using Dr. Boothe.  The man is rude, egotistical, arrogant, unprofessional, and uncaring.  He yells at and threatens his employees within earshot of his patients (I witnessed this in the operating room, of all places).  He has no personality and no people skills.  The only thing you'll get out of him is specifically what you ask him, so you'd better hope you know the right questions to ask.  He's really only interested in getting your money and offers you a discount if you get your procedure done the same week you have your first consultation.  Don't fall for this -- you really need to take the time to research this and make sure you're making the right decision.

 

I sit in front of a computer all day, which I told Dr. Boothe.  He told me I was a good candidate for LASIK, specifically the mono vision procedure.  I definitely was not a good candidate.  After having this procedure done, I could not read my computer screen at a normal distance -- I had to sit practically right on top of my screen to see it.  A normal viewing distance for a computer screen does not fall within the 18 inches or so that is considered the ideal reading distance.  I absolutely was not a good candidate for mono vision, and I eventually had to have it reversed so that now both eyes are for distance.  Now I have to wear reading glasses, usually even when using my computer.  I think he'd tell you anything to get your money.  I knew this was a risk going in with this procedure, but no one in his office (including Dr. Boothe) ever really explained to me what a compromise it is to have mono vision.  They did some quick simulation that lasted 30 seconds or less to supposedly give you a feel for what it will be like, but it's not a real world demonstration.  You will not see as well at any distance (with both eyes open) as you would with progressive lenses, the main problem being mid-distances past 2-3 feet or so.  Independently each eye worked pretty well when I'd cover the other eye, but together they just drove me crazy.  I was told later by one of his doctors after having this procedure done that what they shoot for with this is giving you what they call 'good functional vision.'  I can tell you that for me it was neither good nor functional.  It was awful.

 

My right eye (for distance) was never right after the initial procedure, and they had to redo (they call it an 'enhancement') it after about 3.5 months.  It was so bad that they had to prescribe glasses for me to use when driving prior to the redo.  It seems to be fine now, but I had to start all over again with getting my brain used to the mono vision.  However, it just never worked for me, and they reversed my mono vision by turning my left eye into a distance eye about 6 months after the initial procedure.  In general, I can now see much better than I did with mono vision.  In general, my distance vision is much better now, particularly outdoors during the day in sunlight.

 

However, four months after the mono vision reversal I am still having some difficulties with my vision indoors and outdoors at night as a result of my left eye (one reversed from being a reading eye) in anything other than bright lighting (I can cover my left eye and the problems go away), but Dr. Boothe didn't seem to care about this and didn't even want to listen (at least his other doctors I first met with that day did listen before passing me on to see Dr. Boothe).  He told me that I was seeing 20/15 that day in his office and that I should be 'damn happy' with my eyesight.  I live in the real world, and it does not consist of staring at an eye chart from 20 feet away all day.  I told him I could see pretty well outdoors in bright light but that I could see better indoors in many situations when I used to wear glasses.  Things are just not as sharp and clear with my left eye in these situations, and I seem to have some nearsightedness with it still and see ghosting/shadowing/doubling of bright objects.  The difficulties I'm having are real, but he didn't care.  He was just concerned with meeting his contract obligation of 20/20 vision.  He dismissed my concerns as me being a whiner and not knowing what I was talking about.  Why would I complain about something that was not real?  It's not like I enjoy having a corneal flap cut multiple times and then having my eye blasted with a laser.  He also basically called me a liar when I told him the first person I met with at my initial consultation (actually their finance person) told me that LASIK would allow you to see 30X  better than any other vision correction method.  I know what I heard.

 

He also herds people through his office like cattle.  Expect to be there for at least 2 hours even for a simple follow-up visit.  There are almost always dozens of people in the office at once waiting, and you'll get shuttled from room to room many times and wait in various waiting rooms during all of this.  It also seems that a lot of the people you talk to have had to have their eyes redone for whatever reason, and many of the people I talked to who had the mono vision procedure done were also having a lot of difficulty with it.

 

http://www.doctorscorecard.com/view?id=William_Boothe_TX&page=3#foo

 

Jessie48 on 08/13/08

 

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  No treatment  I have read over other comments and would like to confirm that as a former employees wife Dr. Boothe is an out of control employer.  He belittles employees infront of patients and peers. He uses profanity while doing this.  Patients call frequently to the office to complain about this but he praises himself that he rules his office with an iron fist.  (Something he is quite proud of).  His employees are afraid of him but apparently need a job so sit back and take it.  While this one didn't and I wish the others were able to do the same.  As for his number of lasiks performed.  He does 120-150 in one day.  Ask which one you will be if you plan on scheduling.  Advertising every 10 minutes on the radio brings in alot of people.  Not too many patients come referred by others. Too bad they don't know what kind of physician they are supporting.  If you doubt any of this visit the office and see how it goes.  I recommend you see a doctor who gives his employees the respect you would expect him to give his patients.  Good results are achievable by good and up to date equipment. 

 

http://www.doctorscorecard.com/view?id=William_Boothe_TX&page=5#foo

 

restoremyvision on 09/25/07

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  2007  I had restore then lasik...Vision was bad after restore lens...blurry or shadows and halo's

I asked for my money back and I would go away.. Dr. Boothe would not return my money and Insisted that I go ahead and have the lasik and my vision would be fine.

 

Had the lasik and my vision was worse than ever and lasik was not done right. This has been going on for a long time with the typical keep coming back

 

I have fnally decided to go to a physician in another city with high credentials & associated with a hospital...Harvard educated..to try to correct my vision. I've already seen him.and I'm encouraged

 

I had good far sight vision but needed glasses for close up. Now, because of the blurred vision....my brain has to tell my eye to focus to see with the blurred vision and I can only read a few words at a time....glasses wont' fix my problem...the restore lens has to be removed and I have a choice now of a permanent far sighted lens or nearsighted lens...I'm not sure how the bad lasik procedure from Dr. Boothe will figure in to this ...

 

When I finally have a final cost for all this work and will know if I can even get my vision back to where it was, I will pursue a possible malpractice suit.

 

Dr. Boothe spent 3 minutes with me prior to all this and another 5 minutes after the procedures. He relies totally on the forms that he makes you sign to keep the lawsuits at bay but I believe a doctor owes his patient a full discussion...verbal.. of the risks and possible outcome. I have a job requiring very high functioning vision and now I have only one eye that I can count on

 

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I had excellent far sighted vision....my closeup deteriorated ...I'm over

 

50.   I had to wear glasses and I did not want to so i made the mistake of going to see Dr. Boothe....so many surgeries...must be good....WRONG

 

His hourly employee recommended the restore lens and followed up by lasik because the restore.....ruins your far sighted vision.  I saw Dr. Boothe for 2 minutes..he showed me a card with small print and said I would be able to read the card with no problem ...I would have 20/20 vision.  

 

Result....the restorelens left me with blurred vision, halos, and I could only read a few words at a time....

 

I asked for my money back and I would go away.  NO , I could not have my money back...I had to have the lasik and my vision would  be perfect.  

 

Now I can't see near or far....everything is blurry and I can read up close   ONE WORD AT A TIME....don't ask me to read a sentence or a street sign.

 

the office tried to rush me into doing the second eye before the first healed...Then I would be almost blind in both eyes and unable to work

 

DO NOT TRUST THIS MAN ....he just wants your money and thinks he's above the law because he makes you sign the desclaimers.

 

On the lasik...they did not want me to read the warnings but I had to write in my own handwriting that i read and understood it but they didn't let me read it.   i CANNOT BELIEVE I WAS SO STUPID.

 

Also the lasik correction was done poorly also and they recommended doing it again...That didn't happen...I was petrified of allowing that man to touch my eyes again...the next time , I might end up blind...as that is also in the fine print that you can't read.

 

I'm seeing a physician in another city , associated with high quality hospital ...to see if he can repair my vision..

 

The restore has to be removed and replaced with either a far or near sighted lens...

 

BOTTOM LINE...if your needs require high full function vision for your work....run the other way and don't have surgery unless you really have to ...God gave me one set of eyes and Dr. Boothe took one away.

 

http://www.doctorscorecard.com/view?id=William_Boothe_TX&page=6#foo

 

unhappylasik on 09/25/07

 

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  Not given  The lasik surgeon I chose does not meet the reputation thought. Long wait times, numbers mean more than quality and an unfriendly atmosphere along with a surgeon who has no personality have left me with subpar lasik at this point. I was told to give it a year but my review is based on my experience. I will follow up in 6 months and let you know if it gets better.  I feel like when your wait 6 hours just for your pre surgery and 2.5 hours each followup you should get better service and have experience employees who have college degrees.

 

http://www.doctorscorecard.com/view?id=William_Boothe_TX&page=9#foo

 

concernedpatient59 on 12/08/06

 

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  2006  I have not and will not be a patient of this doctor. Reasons for this is one I've talked to the staff and source will not be name. This doctor has committed malpractice in his employees eyes but threatens them with legal action of a non-disclosure agreement they have sign. He has also fallen asleep during surgery (This can be confirmed by his staff). He also treats his staff like they are slaves and not human beings, yes they are getting paid but even I wouldn't work for what I'm hearing them say he calls them and the way he treats them. He is always firing his office staff because of incompetency when he is the one who is incompetent. Today he has had two of his staff walk out of the surgery room and quit. One being a technician and another being an ophthalmologist. His office is also out of regulations concerning health laws. I highly do not recommend going to this doctor.

 

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http://www.ratemds.com/doctor-ratings/19514/TX/Plano/Boothe

 

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8/14/08 3 1 1 3  I told Dr.Boothe I sit at a PC all day and was told I was a good candidate for LASIK, specifically for mono vision. I could not read my PC screen at a normal distance and had to sit right on top of my screen to see it. A normal viewing distance for a computer screen does not fall within the 18" that is considered the ideal reading distance. I was not a good candidate for mono vision, and I eventually had to have it reversed for distance only. I still have difficulties indoors with my left eye (the one reversed from beig a reading eye)in anything other than bright lighting (I can cover my left eye and the problems go away), but Dr. Boothe really didn't seem to care about this and really didn't even want to listen. He told me that I was seeing 20/15 that day in his office and that I should be "damn happy" with my eyesight. I live in the real world, and it does not consist of staring at an eye chart from 20' away all day. The difficulties I'm having are real, but Dr. Boothe didn't care.   

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8/14/08 4 2 1 3  He is egotistical, arrogant, unprofessional, and uncaring. He yells at and threatens his employees within earshot of his patients. He has no personality and no people skills. The only thing you'll get out of him is specifically what you ask him, so you'd better hope you know the right questions to ask. He's really only interested in getting your money and offers you a discount if you get your procedure done the same week you have your first consultation. Don't fall for this -- you really need to take the time to research this and make sure you're making the right decision.   

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8/14/08 1 1 1 1  Dr. Boothe is cruel and abusive to his employees. The reason all of them are 20 yrs old is because anyone else would not put up with it. I am the wife of an ex-employee and I can tell you he prides himself on running his practice with an iron fist. (his words) He berates his employees in front of patients, doctors and peers. He performs 130 surgeries in a day, patients he gets from continuous advertising. He has a call center that answers his calls. It is definitely as described a cattle call and the employees are treated as the cattle.   

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7/15/08 1 1 1 2  During each procedure nothing is expalined. During the surgery Boothe became verbally abusive to a co-worker and berated him in the surgery room with 20 pateints waiting. I almost got-up and shouted "what the hey is going-on here?" Booth is threatening to replace a guy during the surgery. I was next in line getting ready to be worked-on by a guy who was fearing for his job and then by a doctor angry with his staff - lasers flying around my eyes in this environment is unethical.   

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2/11/08 2 1 1 2  ruined my eyesight...should never have recommended procedure for me, took no time, misrepresented, and then recommmended wrong corrective surgery   

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11/1/07 1 1 1 1  I got lasik in April & once I paid, I was herded like a cow from room to room for 6 hours (mostly waiting) to get eye tests performed & then had the surgery the next day. After months of long appointments, I now have to have the procedure redone, one eye at a time. I went for my appointment, which included about 20 minutes of tests, I was there for over 4 hours. They told me they were booked till the end of Jan to do the surgery. When I called last week they told I could get in the following Monday. I was furious b/c this is only for my left eye, I will have to wait until a month after my left surgery to even schedule my right and then it will probably be another 3 months! The waiting rooms are full of disgusted clients. I have yet to see one happy customer. When I left I called the new patient line and said I wanted to have lasik and they told me to come in anytime that day for testing & they could perform the lasik the following day or any day thereafter that worked best for me.   

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5/8/07  1 1 3  First off, I'm a medical office manager of 10 physicians so I know what I am talking about. This physician and the way he treats his patients is not acceptable. He is rude and arrogant. No bed side manner at all! He arrived in my room for my 1st visit, didn't even look at me, he reviewed my chart, discussed with the nurse what he was going to do and was gone in less than 3 minutes. Follow up visit was less than 2 minutes even tho I waited 2 hours to be seen. He runs his practice like a production line. The last 2 comments about him and the cattle drive are right on. I have told everyone I meet about the horrible experience I have had, and let me tell you I have heard from quite a few people with basically the the same stories. How he gets away with how he runs his clinic is beyond me. If you want a physician to give you one on one attention and compassionate care, DO NOT GO TO DR BOOTHE!   

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5/8/06  1 1 4  This doctor runs his business like a cattle drive. I've never experienced such a high volume, impersonal procedure as I did having lasik performed by Dr. Boothe. Would discourage anyone from using him.   

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12/3/05  1 1 2  HE WAS AS RUDE AS COULD BE AND MADE EVERYONE WAIT FOR HOURS. HE RUNS THE PLACE LIKE A CATTLE DRIVE. MOST OF THE PEOPLE THAT WORK THERE ARE YOUNG KIDS WHO ACT LIKE THEY ONLY WORK THERE BECAUSE THEY GOT FIRED FROM MCDONALDS. IT WAS ONE OF THE WORST EXPERIENCES OF MY LIFE.   

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