Charles L. Heaton, MD

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The following review is for parents who wonder whether there are effective, non-surgical options to correct a child's vision issues. After 1 visit with Dr. Hunter @ Heaton Eye Associates, he recommended several surgeries on both eyes to correct our child's one lazy eye & scheduled surgery ASAP. Not feeling comfortable with several surgeries on our child's eyes, we questioned regarding patching &/or glasses. Dr. Hunter thoroughly & convincingly explained why patching & glasses would definitely not work for our child's condition. Thankfully, we did seek a 2nd opinion. Within only one (1) month of patching (2 hrs a day 6 days a week) & glasses, our child's condition improved dramatically. Now, after only 2 months (1 month after Dr. Hunter's prescribed surgery would have already taken place), our child's vision issues continue to noticeably improve... all without the trauma & expense of multiple surgeries. Perhaps the multiple surgeries recommended by Dr. Hunter would have indeed corrected our child's vision issues, but it seems that surgery was not the wisest, simplest, & certainly NOT the most cost effective route (well, perhaps it would have been the best choice financially for Dr. Hunter). Additionally, we were told that our child's initial visit would be $225 for a new patient exam, but there were additional charges for the "Refraction" (glasses) exam ($35) and the "Sensorimotor" (eye muscle) exam ($125). It does not seem logical that any pediatric eye exam would not routinely include evaluation for glasses and muscular issues, both of which are typical issues most pediatric eye patients have. Moreover, eye surgery is not, as Dr. Hunter said, "like aligning the wheels on a car." Research shows that surgery may cosmetically align the eyes while the child continues to see double. Parents please seek wisdom... do some research about other options and seek a 2nd opinion before blindly accepting this or any doctor's recommendations for multiple eye surgeries. There are other, less complicated options available... even though this doctor might try & insist otherwise.

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The following review is for parents who wonder whether there are effective, non-surgical options to correct a child's vision issues. After 1 visit with Dr. Hunter @ Heaton Eye Associates, he recommended several surgeries on both eyes to correct our child's one lazy eye & scheduled surgery ASAP. Not feeling comfortable with several surgeries on our child's eyes, we questioned regarding patching &/or glasses. Dr. Hunter thoroughly & convincingly explained why patching & glasses would definitely not work for our child's condition. Thankfully, we did seek a 2nd opinion. Within only one (1) month of patching (2 hrs a day 6 days a week) & glasses, our child's condition improved dramatically. Now, after only 2 months (1 month after Dr. Hunter's prescribed surgery would have already taken place), our child's vision issues continue to noticeably improve... all without the trauma & expense of multiple surgeries. Perhaps the multiple surgeries recommended by Dr. Hunter would have indeed corrected our child's vision issues, but it seems that surgery was not the wisest, simplest, & certainly NOT the most cost effective route (well, perhaps it would have been the best choice financially for Dr. Hunter). Additionally, we were told that our child's initial visit would be $225 for a new patient exam, but there were additional charges for the "Refraction" (glasses) exam ($35) and the "Sensorimotor" (eye muscle) exam ($125). It does not seem logical that any pediatric eye exam would not routinely include evaluation for glasses and muscular issues, both of which are typical issues most pediatric eye patients have. Moreover, eye surgery is not, as Dr. Hunter said, "like aligning the wheels on a car." Research shows that surgery may cosmetically align the eyes while the child continues to see double. Parents please seek wisdom... do some research about other options and seek a 2nd opinion before blindly accepting this or any doctor's recommendations for multiple eye surgeries. There are other, less complicated options available... even though this doctor might try & insist otherwise.

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Dr. Hunter and is staff are the best! My daughter has been seeing Dr. Hunter over 2 years now. He has done corrective surgery on her twice and both times have been a success. He is very gentle with her and you can tell he really enjoys helping children. He and his staff make my daughter comfortable when we go into the office. It is almost like my daughter looks forward to going to see him which is a little strange. My daughter is just over 3 years old and she had her first surgery right after her 1st birthday. Dr. Hunter is awesome! If only every doctor cared as much as he does!

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Dr. Hunter and is staff are the best! My daughter has been seeing Dr. Hunter over 2 years now. He has done corrective surgery on her twice and both times have been a success. He is very gentle with her and you can tell he really enjoys helping children. He and his staff make my daughter comfortable when we go into the office. It is almost like my daughter looks forward to going to see him which is a little strange. My daughter is just over 3 years old and she had her first surgery right after her 1st birthday. Dr. Hunter is awesome! If only every doctor cared as much as he does!

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Dr. Hunter has been seeing my children for 8 years. He is awesome with kids and they have never had a bad experience at his office. My daughter underwent eye surgery whens she was 6 with great results. We couldn't be happier with Dr. Hunter and his staff.

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Dr. Hunter has been seeing my children for 8 years. He is awesome with kids and they have never had a bad experience at his office. My daughter underwent eye surgery whens she was 6 with great results. We couldn't be happier with Dr. Hunter and his staff.

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I have had such a great experience with Heaton Eye Associates Dr. Jeff Hunter. He is experienced with pediatric patients. I have been taking my daughter to him for 3 years. The office staff is friendly & helpful. The office is child-friendly. There is a play room with toys & a TV with child movies playing to keep children busy in the waiting room. They are very busy so we have had to wait sometimes, but we hardly notice.
The staff & Dr. Hunter are great at working with children. They are able to get my daughter to cooperate with the procedures to check her eyes. It is amazing, because I would never be able to get her to sit still so long!
We have also have a couple of surgeries by Dr. Hunter & the experiences have been good. He gave detailed & easy to understand post-operative instructions. He even called later that evening to check on her.

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I have had such a great experience with Heaton Eye Associates Dr. Jeff Hunter. He is experienced with pediatric patients. I have been taking my daughter to him for 3 years. The office staff is friendly & helpful. The office is child-friendly. There is a play room with toys & a TV with child movies playing to keep children busy in the waiting room. They are very busy so we have had to wait sometimes, but we hardly notice.
The staff & Dr. Hunter are great at working with children. They are able to get my daughter to cooperate with the procedures to check her eyes. It is amazing, because I would never be able to get her to sit still so long!
We have also have a couple of surgeries by Dr. Hunter & the experiences have been good. He gave detailed & easy to understand post-operative instructions. He even called later that evening to check on her.

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My son sees Dr. Hunter and he really makes him feel at ease. He goes above and beyond to connect with the kids and make them feel comfortable. We are so thankful for the staff at Heaton Eye Associates.

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My son sees Dr. Hunter and he really makes him feel at ease. He goes above and beyond to connect with the kids and make them feel comfortable. We are so thankful for the staff at Heaton Eye Associates.

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Charles L. Heaton, MD Office Locations:

903-234-0771

1205 North 6th Street

Longview, TX, TX 75601

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903-526-0444

3415 Golden Road

Tyler, TX, TX 75701

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