Patrick Y. Tong, MD

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My 6 yr old, had three small bumps in the white of her eye. We went to Dr Tong because he was recommended by some people.

When he started the exam, I realized he was not very good at relating to kids. When she moved her eye a little during the exam he kept shaking his head vigourously and told her that he would have to hold her head tight. She didnt read letters correctly in the exam (which I figured was because he had scared her), he kept telling us that she needed a biopsy !! He told use to get the biopsy done at Howard County hospital but wouldnt give us any particulars of what needed to be done (even when we called him back a couple of times since the hospital told us they needed the particulars).

I took her to my regular opthalmoloigst (Dr Wexler) who is a very nice person (and a great doctor based on my experience). Not only did she read all the letters correctly, but it turned out the bumps in her eye were mucus deposits which went away in a week by using the drops he gave !!!

I completely agree with one poster below who said he cant relate to children.

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My 6 yr old, had three small bumps in the white of her eye. We went to Dr Tong because he was recommended by some people.

When he started the exam, I realized he was not very good at relating to kids. When she moved her eye a little during the exam he kept shaking his head vigourously and told her that he would have to hold her head tight. She didnt read letters correctly in the exam (which I figured was because he had scared her), he kept telling us that she needed a biopsy !! He told use to get the biopsy done at Howard County hospital but wouldnt give us any particulars of what needed to be done (even when we called him back a couple of times since the hospital told us they needed the particulars).

I took her to my regular opthalmoloigst (Dr Wexler) who is a very nice person (and a great doctor based on my experience). Not only did she read all the letters correctly, but it turned out the bumps in her eye were mucus deposits which went away in a week by using the drops he gave !!!

I completely agree with one poster below who said he cant relate to children.

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Dr. Tong was very friendly with my daughter. She sat in my lap. He talked about princesses and other similar things to try and put her at ease and attempted to relate the examination to them. I found him highly effective with my daughter. I agree there were no toys in the waiting area but I am glad for it. There is nothing worse than going to a doctor's office and having to tell my daughter to leave the toys alone. -Bring your own clean toys and take them home with you... This is a doctor's office.
I was very pleased with the experience. There was another little boy of about her age. As he was walking out, I pointed him out to my daughter and she was reassured.

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Dr. Tong was very friendly with my daughter. She sat in my lap. He talked about princesses and other similar things to try and put her at ease and attempted to relate the examination to them. I found him highly effective with my daughter. I agree there were no toys in the waiting area but I am glad for it. There is nothing worse than going to a doctor's office and having to tell my daughter to leave the toys alone. -Bring your own clean toys and take them home with you... This is a doctor's office.
I was very pleased with the experience. There was another little boy of about her age. As he was walking out, I pointed him out to my daughter and she was reassured.

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My child did not appear to see well. I brought my child to two pediatric ophthalmologists in Florida where we live, but a problem was not found. We took her for a third opinion in Chicago, but again a problem was not found. Dr. Tong was the fourth opinion because he was highly recommended by a family member, who is a retina specialist. Dr. Tong took the time and discovered that my daughter has amblyopia, and he advised us on how best to proceed. The simple interventions he recommended have resulted, within days, in a transformation in how my child saw. My daughter is much more inquisitive and engaging. Her personality has blossomed.

As I understand that the treatment of amblyopia is time-sensitive, I am particularly grateful as delay in treatment may have made a good outcome impossible. Dr. Tong is a great doctor; my daughter thought the visits were fun, and that Dr. Tong was personable.

While we are ready to fly to Maryland every 2-3 months to receive the expert care Dr. Tong offered, I was delighted that Dr. Tong coordinated the care with a pediatric ophthalmologist in Florida close to us, decreasing the number of trips to Maryland. My family and I are deeply appreciative of his keen clinical skills and for his ability to explain things to us in the simple terms.

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My child did not appear to see well. I brought my child to two pediatric ophthalmologists in Florida where we live, but a problem was not found. We took her for a third opinion in Chicago, but again a problem was not found. Dr. Tong was the fourth opinion because he was highly recommended by a family member, who is a retina specialist. Dr. Tong took the time and discovered that my daughter has amblyopia, and he advised us on how best to proceed. The simple interventions he recommended have resulted, within days, in a transformation in how my child saw. My daughter is much more inquisitive and engaging. Her personality has blossomed.

As I understand that the treatment of amblyopia is time-sensitive, I am particularly grateful as delay in treatment may have made a good outcome impossible. Dr. Tong is a great doctor; my daughter thought the visits were fun, and that Dr. Tong was personable.

While we are ready to fly to Maryland every 2-3 months to receive the expert care Dr. Tong offered, I was delighted that Dr. Tong coordinated the care with a pediatric ophthalmologist in Florida close to us, decreasing the number of trips to Maryland. My family and I are deeply appreciative of his keen clinical skills and for his ability to explain things to us in the simple terms.

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My Mom and I went to Dr Tong to treat a severe eye infection. However, when he discovered my amblyopia (Lazy Eye - a relatively mild condition), he immediately focused on this INSTEAD of my infection. He said I should get surgery and that of course, he could do it (money, money) and that if I didn't get surgery, I would eventually lose depth perception. More than half of my appointment was spent on my lazy eye...HELLO focus on my infection -- not the ways you can make money off of me. I went to my primary care Dr. and he told me that my eyes were fine - I have ambylopia but by no means will I completely lose depth perception.

I just think that he is a rather stiff and robotic doctor. He may be a brilliant, but he has no idea how to relate to children or adolescents. His waiting area looks more like a Victorian castle than a pediatrician's office -- there are barely any toys for kids to play with.

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My Mom and I went to Dr Tong to treat a severe eye infection. However, when he discovered my amblyopia (Lazy Eye - a relatively mild condition), he immediately focused on this INSTEAD of my infection. He said I should get surgery and that of course, he could do it (money, money) and that if I didn't get surgery, I would eventually lose depth perception. More than half of my appointment was spent on my lazy eye...HELLO focus on my infection -- not the ways you can make money off of me. I went to my primary care Dr. and he told me that my eyes were fine - I have ambylopia but by no means will I completely lose depth perception.

I just think that he is a rather stiff and robotic doctor. He may be a brilliant, but he has no idea how to relate to children or adolescents. His waiting area looks more like a Victorian castle than a pediatrician's office -- there are barely any toys for kids to play with.

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Dr. Tong may be an excellent physcian but for someone who works with children he has no understanding of how to relate to them or treat them. Thankfully my daughter is too young to understand how he talked down to her and how he treated her.He did not explain what he was doing to her and got upset when he shined a bright her dialated eyes and she closed them.She tried her best to do as he asked. She would lift her head but her natural instinct was to close her eyes. Frustrated he held her head back. Trying to get her to work him he brought lollipops out and waved them in her face, told her she could smell them for free but could not have one until she did as has he asked and he then put them away. Thankfully she did not cry because I'm sure that would have upset him more. When I told her she was being good he shook his head no and got more frustrated. The medical treatment he gave her may have been accurate however, because he did not show her RESPECT I will not trust his medical advice and will be going to another doctor. Also I have heard that others have had similiar experiences with but thought it was them until today.

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Dr. Tong may be an excellent physcian but for someone who works with children he has no understanding of how to relate to them or treat them. Thankfully my daughter is too young to understand how he talked down to her and how he treated her.He did not explain what he was doing to her and got upset when he shined a bright her dialated eyes and she closed them.She tried her best to do as he asked. She would lift her head but her natural instinct was to close her eyes. Frustrated he held her head back. Trying to get her to work him he brought lollipops out and waved them in her face, told her she could smell them for free but could not have one until she did as has he asked and he then put them away. Thankfully she did not cry because I'm sure that would have upset him more. When I told her she was being good he shook his head no and got more frustrated. The medical treatment he gave her may have been accurate however, because he did not show her RESPECT I will not trust his medical advice and will be going to another doctor. Also I have heard that others have had similiar experiences with but thought it was them until today.

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