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Northern Virginia Ophthalmology Associates

5.0 / 5Overall Rating

853 reviews

6231 Leesburg Pike Ste 608Falls ChurchVA 22044

6231 Leesburg Pike Ste 608, Falls Church, VA 22044

(703) 534-3900

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seen on time; good quality medical care; questions answered

The reception staff was efficient and helpful. Dr. Oliver was very thorough (which might explain why she was running st least 25 minutes behind schedule.)

You all were AMAZING with my 3.5 yr old son!!! He has SPD and I was worried he would not cooperate, but you all were fabulous. You know children! Bravo!

Very nice appointment, excellent care and customer service.

The Doctor and the workers were supper. Thank you for caring.

The doctor and techician were extremely pleasant and communicative. The machines were not as intrusive as I've experienced at other offices. Great visit.

Excellent service from my sister, Mary Beth, who took me on short notice because I had sudden blurred vision in one eye. She corrected the problem promptly with the laser. Mary Beth is not only a great sister, she is an excellent doctor! NVOA also has very nice and courteous front desk staff.

The medical care for my eyes has always been excellent.

I was seen on time and everything was very good. I'm very satisfied with the office, staff, and Dr. McAllister. Thank you.

Excellent patient and customer service. Was great at helping my 9 yr old feel comfortable. Great pediatric ophthalmologist practice.

As always, front desk very friendly and helpful. Technician was very friendly and knowledgeable. Always look forward to seeing Dr McAteer.

My appointment with Dr. Shah went very well. Getting appointment, the check in process, the preparation with Christine and my session with the doctor were all handled promptly and professionally.

The timing of the appointment and the professionalism of the staff was A+.

Dr McAfeer is thorough, insightful and attends her patients with unfailing good humor I highly recommend her for any opthmalogic needs Her staff are equally professional

I have been coming to your office for 11 years and always have a good experience so I will keep coming back.

Excellent office visit with Dr Martin, assisted by Ambrosia. Thanks.

Dr. Oliver was very nice and calm. Explained very well on the next step and staff was very friendly.

Long wait time between dilating eyes and being seen by the ophthalmologist

Speedy and professional treatment

Dr Forester is really friendly and willing to take the time to answer all questions. Tiana in the optician area was fabulous. She was thoughtful and creative making sure that I would get glasses I will love.

Efficient, courteous and on time. Thank you.

Dr. Shah was very knowledgeable and kind.

Efficient. Just recommended you to a friend.

it was great that you saw my sister and me ON-TIME and even a little before our actual appointment time. In the past, we've had to wait a good 30 mins after our appointment time. So it was nice not having to wait.

Everything I've been bringing my daughter there since 10 years and I highly recommend yous to all my friends and family

Everything was fine

From the receptionist to the doctor, everything was thoroughly professional and friendly.

Extremely professional!

Good communication! Both doctor and assistant. Very efficient, too. Thanks!

I was seen earlier than my appointment time. Dr. Vu-Gia is always nice and answers all my questions

My appointment, timely as ever, was very pleasant. The precheck and examination were done very well - - it is always an excellent experience to be with Dr. McAteer. Thank you to her and her fine assistant for their professionalism and expertise. Most sincerely, M.R.

Excellent routine eye exam.

Very pleasant experience. Office was run efficiently. I was able to leave after just one hour.

The staff was courteous and professional and the examination was conducted in an efficient manner

Good visit as usual.

Greeted cordially, all questions answered, efficient exams, etc. Lovely!

Great service and exam. Dr. Forster is very proficient.

Very kind and efficient

great service usually the wait times are very long but this time just long

Received very informative and satisfactory explanation on my eye condition from the Dr. Had a good annual check-up..

Dr Oliver was very thorough with her exam and addressed all of my concerns and questions. I dont think the assistant relayed my concerns to the Dr. because I had to ask about them before the exam was over.

This was my first visit, and I was very happy with the assistance I had from all the staff in getting me organized, and I was very happy with he doctor I saw, who explained clearly what was going to happen. It was a very good experience.

Dr Martin was outstanding as usual. He is an invaluable asset to your practice.

Great Doctor, Very personal. And gets along outstanding with patients. Was very impressed by his manner and honesty. Would recommend Dr McAllester to all. Explained everything to both My wife Suzanne and me ( John) .

Check in with staff was easy and efficient. Professional care during visit.

Quick wait time, kind staff and great communication from attentive and very knowledgeable doctor. Would highly recommend.


Everything and everybody pleasant and professional.

The exam was thorough and professional.

Front desk was efficient and friendly. Technician was thorough and explained what she was doing. Dr. McAteer was great, as always.

The office decor was up to date. The front desk staff was very pleasant and very profesional. I was seen on time. The technician was very thorough and very pleasant. Dr. McAteer likewise was very thorough very pleasant and answered all my questions. I was confident that I had the right diagnosis when I left. I will return. I am a dentist and my vision is of utmost importance to me. Thank you for a great experience!!

Pleasant, competent staff. Exceptional eye care. Been going here for over 35 years.

Great staff and Dr. Shah is fantastic. Everything is explained in detail and time is taken to understand patient needs. Very kind people with a well organized office.

Always a pleasant experience. Dr Vu-Gia is professional, warm and very capable.

Courteous friendly, and knowledgeable staff. Really good visit.

I visited your office today (4/21/2017) and the services were excellent. I have nothing negative to say about my appointment. Doris Newell

On time, very efficient and effective visit for me. The examination went smoothly and I was explained the details of the findings and the next steps very clearly.

Great an d friendly staff. Efficient and professional

Efficient, professional, knowledgeable.

Excellent MD and staff, including optical services.

There is always minimum 1 how wait before we see the doctor. Today, eyes dilated after an hour, then an added 30 min to see the doc. We only go back because a good doc.

Everyone was very nice and the paperwork was easy to fill out. I did not have to wait long to get into see the doctor and the doctor did not recommend expensive eye drops but gave me a list of over the counter eye drops and explained how often I should use them and one else I could do for my dry eye problem.

My apt was on time and all were helpful in the office.

Very friendly staff. Appointment was on time and efficient. Dr. Shah answered all my questions and was very friendly.

Very professional and courteous service

Everything was on time, personnel were very pleasant. Dr. Shah is amazing; I'm so lucky to have been referred to her.

Pleasant front office experience. Feel that exam was well done; information shared about condition and need for surgery well explained by physician and his assistant.

Everyone was very professional and nice.

As always, I received excellent care from both Dr. Oliver, Fernando, and the receptionist.

Love the doctor but one visual field and brief visit with doctor took 2 hours 15 minutes.

Great job, professional people, friendly environment and I recommend them to my relatives and friends!

Dr. Vu-Gia is so thorough, responsive, professional and a delightful person. I look forward to our visit each year!

My visit was great. Dr. MARTIN IS ALWAYS GREAT. The wait time was minimal and the staff are always pleasant and customer oriented.

I had a good experience with Doctor Oliver this morning, she was very much present to service all my questions in a caring, knowledgeable, and professional manner.

I got all the information I needed to take care of the problem I was having. I had no idea what was wrong, and it appears that it was not complicated and easy to treat. Simple answers are best after all.

Friendly and courteous. Provide a comfortable setting. Easy to talk to provider. Good listening. Felt more like I was working with the doctor instead of being told what to do.

not too long of a wait; dr. was very thorough in the exam

A great visit with Dr. Forster. He is such a mench!

Great visit all questions answered

Really appreciated the time and care the doctor showed. Much improved over my last experience elsewhere! Thank you! All the staff was kind and courteous.

Everyone was great, very timely, professional and informative.

I have been coming to this practice for 40 years. Love them especially Dr Vu-Gia and her assistant Kay!!!

Courteous receptionists and excellent and patient vision assistant & opthamalogist

Very good visit with Dr McAteer as always. She is skilled, thorough, professional, and personable. Excellent support staff.

On long waits.

Entire process - starting with booking an appointment, receiving reminders and actual ofrice visit was smooth, timely and positive. All staff I encountered were polite, pleasant and competent. Dr. Forrester introduced himself with a hand shake, and answered all my questions thoroughly. Very good patient relations!

I was seen promptly. Dr. Forster explained my condition and options clearly.

Was taken before my appointment time and seen promptly and with courteous attention.

When I arrived, I had an appt. but there was no record of it on the system. The receptionist handled it very well, found a time slot for me and I was leaving the office in less than an hour, having seen the doctor. Well done!

Entire appointment went smoothly

Excellent prompt service. Very efficient

Great job as usual.

I have ben a satisfied patient for a number of years.

The office staff is very nice and helpful. The ophthalmology assistants were very professional and helpful as well. Good rapport with them and Dr. Forster. Information after the exam was helpful. All in all a good experience. I am a long-time patient in this office.

Prompt and courteous care.

Very efficient, in and out in no time, met at scheduled appointment time, no waiting. Very personable staff. I will return next year for my annual check-up.

My experience was great all employees were courteous and friendly in the office was super clean. Dr. Oliver was very professional she is A1. I will see you guys next year thank you so much your friend Bruce wanzer

Appointment on time and friendly and professional staff.

Thank you for giving me a thorough eye check up yesterday. I appreciate your outstanding service for my old eyes.

Wait time too long. Front desk too busy with phone calls, check in, check out. Everyone including Dr. Martin very polite and efficient.

On-time and efficient. Very pleasant staff. Exam information well presented.

We had a satisfactory visit with Dr Bruno today. Our waiting time was reasonable, the exam was thorough. Everyone was kind and friendly. Thank you for your excellent care. Pat Freeman

Your office is very efficient and Dr. Bruno is fabulous!

I have received excellent services for my eye appointment today. Dr. McAteer and the staff are all very kind and considerate. I appreciate very much. Today is Feb.27, 2017

Everything went smoothly. I really like Dr Tran.

I've mostly been served by Dr. John Martin. However, Dr. Bruno and Dr. Rich also treated me for particular urgent problems when Dr. Martin was not available. My care with all three physicians has been excellent. I moved to the No. Va. area in 2005. Dr. Martin has been my ophthalmologist since I moved here. My wife, Susan Post, saw him just after we arrived in the area and recommended him to me. I had an existing condition due to a hemorrhage in my retina several years before moving here, and my ophthalmologist at Los Alamos strongly suggested that I have my eyes checked every year to see if there was any change. There hasn't been. I would recommend Dr. Martin and your practice to others if asked.

I have been waiting over an hour just to see the doctor. I am still here and I have yet to see him

The doctors and the staff are outstanding. I have most experience with Dr Vu-Gia and Dr McAllister who are excellent. Kay is great, and all staff are knowledgeable and helpful. A+

Professional and thourogh

Was seen promptly and am appreciative of Dr. McAteer and staff's competence during my eye exam.

Everyone was friendly and professional during my visit.

Very good visit. Great doctors and staff.

Dr. Martin was great. Very professional, very forthright, and answered all questions. Have extremely high confidence in him.

Every one was so friendly and helpful. I really appreciatedon't the care.

Have 100% confidence in Dr. Martin's professional knowledge, judgement, and Recommemdstions. Also liked the thoroughness of testing done by his assistant (sorry, but do not recall her name.).

Wait time was more than an hour. Took 2 hours to complete the visit. Please provide Wifi so that while waiting parents could attest work and not loose pay. Doctor is extremely good and recommend to anyone .

Overall it was just fine but I will say having a technician who is better suited to small talk and have friendly conversation with your patients might help the overall feeling of the office. I was greeted with a very friendly front desk staff member and the doctor was great. Our tech, Kristina, was fine with my child but not into small or friendly talk with me as the parent at all. Perhaps I'm used to our pediatrician's office where everyone is super friendly and I love it.

Great service as always

Reception was polite and prepared with my personal forms printed. Dr. Forster's assistant was personable and efficient. Today's appointment with Dr. Forster is my first since Dr. Rich's leave taking. I am comfortable and impressed. Best of all everything moved along smartly.

Very professional and thoughtful interactions Thank you

Reception was quite efficient and hospitable. My initial evaluation done by the Doctor's assistant was friendly as well as informative. Dr. McAtee took her time with me, I did not feel that she was rushing off to her next patient, which is often the case. She let me know exactly what she was doing and what to expect. She also did not pressure me, she left it up to me to decide cataract surgery and/or to have a new prescription filled. She described the procedures/outcomes, etc. and gave insight as to what to expect. Also, inquiring about my personal well-being. I was very pleased with the visit.

Dr. Martin was warm & thorough & pointed out that I should come in quarterly due to medication I take, so I made next appointment. Plus receptionist explained procedures & copay clearly. Thanks. Hara Ann Bouganim

I am happy with the efficiency, and that I had no long waits.

Thorough exam. Very professional.

Very good impression with the medical practitioner, simple but good explanations, concise, to the point. Nice at reception, staff, place. Easy parking.

Dr Mc allister is great everyone else was very helpful

Dr Forster is great...everyone was on time as well. suggest you check your data base as i received 2 survey requests....thanks.

I have been a patient here for a number of years and see Dr. Vu-Gia and her assistant Kay every year to check my contact lenses and for any medical issues. They are always so delightful -- cheerful, pleasant and professional. Dr. Vu-Gia never rushes my visit, always invites questions and answers all questions fully. Kay has also taken wonderful care of me whenever I have lost a lens and needed a replacement.

Dr. Shah was recommended to me, and I am very happy to have her as my ophthalmologist now. All personnel were helpful and pleasant.

Superb as usual. Thanks!

Thanks for a great visit. Dr. Martin is the best!

Efficient exam. Everyone in the office was very friendly. Dr. Oliver showed interest and l never felt rushed.

I amnot a computer person, but I really like Dr Vu Gia and have already recommended her to my daughter!

Very nice efficient office. My first visit and I was pleased with Dr. Martin.

Always positive experience - great support staff and doctors.

I had a good experience with my visit. All the staff was friendly and professional, and I feel well taken care of.

Easy to schedule, pleasant staff and very helpful optometrist who took time to carefully and fully answer all of my questions.

The wait to see the doctor was longer than usual but it was not a big problem. Dr. Martin was thorough in his examination.

Dr. Shah was very helpful in providing a second opinion regarding a contested diagnosis and in clearly explaining treatment options. Highly professional support was also provided by both administrative and technical personnel.

very competent, courteous and helpful staff. Among many optomologists there, I visited Dr. Martin. He is very thorough, careful and gentle and knows his work well. I and my husband are so glad to be treated by him.

Very nice doctors and nice, helpful staff. A very long wait.


Reception - Very good. Gentlemen behind counter was polite and efficient. Nurse - Very professional. Inspired confidence, organized. Doctor Forster - Professional, good communications skills. Honest prognosis (no surgery yet). Had 8:15 appointment. Arrived at 8:00. Was not seen until 8:45. Not sure what the issue was so early in the morning but would have like to been advised of delay after 15 minutes. Not a show stopper.

The staff were very professional and welcoming. Dr. Forster is one of the few doctors I look forward to seeing (he is not just knowledgeable but so very kind and warm). Lastly, the fact that there was no waiting time was wonderful.

Both the Assistant and the Doctor were thorough and patient. Thanks.

Very professional and friendly attention by both the technician and Dr. Shah.

Professional and thorough experience. Staff very courteous and helpful. Dr. Bruno is exceptional and always reassuring.

excellent. will miss Dr. Rich. Hope he enjoys retirement. thanks

Consistently excellent care for many years. Staff always polite and helpful. Have recommended this practice to others and certainly would again. Dr. Rich has been wonderful in so many ways and will be greatly missed!

Great experience. Top notch staff and dr mackateer is great

Desk personnel are friendly and polite. Dr. Bruno is wonderful! Explains things well, very sympathetic and shows a great interest in her patient. After a couple visits, one feels as if she is a friend as well as one's doctor.

Despite a very busy schedule, I was welcomed as a valued patient and made to feel very much at home. I appreciate the way that everyone in the office, doctor included, made me feel as if I was the only visitor that day.

Very satisfactory visit. Friendly atmosphere even with a sudden emergency which was handled efficiently.

Terrific - thx

Was very professional & efficent.


Excellent professional care from my new ophthalmologist, Dr. Bruno. Cordial and friendly as well. Thank you! Inês Ulsh

I have been impressed with Dr. Oliver since my first encounter with her several years(6?) ago. She is competent, very professional and, what is especially nice, she remembers you. Thank you Doctor.

You have a very well run office, with good medical care. But this is not something I want to go on any social media about. I think that is silly.

Professional staff, ON TIME! Thank you.

Quick, friendly, good service!

Dr. Rich is the best! We will miss him and wish him well in retirement.

Excellent technician and always a pleasure to see Dr. Martin.

Everyone was very pleasant and nice!!! Came out of visit with Dr. Mcateer feeling a since of she really cares about her patients!!! Thank u all got a very nice visit!!!!

First time in Falls Church office, a Fairfax client...very impressed from reception to discharge. Well done and thank you.

On time appointment

Excellent and understanding care for my son with special needs.

I am always very pleased with the care Dr Mcateer gives me. She takes her time with me explaining everything. She is the best and I would highly recommend her .

Good visit!

Very excellent and professional. They were kind and treted my daughter and i with care I really like how they are good listeners & gave perfect exams that convince me that my daughter is in good hands.

Got called promptly,and the staff are very pleasant.

Outstanding care and service. Outstanding office!

Took time to assess my problems.

We experienced excellent care and tests from Dr Martin and others as needed. Really outstanding! Have a great Holiday Season. Fred & Ellen Griffee

When we checked in, we were fully briefed on what would and would not be covered by insurance. We were quickly taken in to be seen by the assistant and then Dr. Jeffrey. The appointment was efficient and Dr. Jeffrey explained everything clearly to both the patient (9 yrs old) and mother. Check out was equally fast and smooth. Overall a terrific experience. Keep up the great work.

Great visit, both Fernando and Dr. McAlister were great to work with!

As always my experience with NOVA Opthamology is pleasant and stressless. Dr. Vu-Gia is a wonderful extremely knowledgeable doctor and I look forward to seeing her once a year!

It was an overall positive experience. I will very much miss Dr. Rich.

Comments are easy to understand and clearly written - important to know since diabetes has many serious side effects. Informative and educational!

Dr. Shah was lovely. I was however quite surprised and annoyed that I had an out of pockets $55 refraction charge. Never happened before in any annual exam. Refraction was simply part of a complete eye exam. Perhaps I had been given professional courtesy before. Regardless, disappointing. Steve Dubansky

Dr. Vu-Gia is terrific. I admire her manner, personality, professionalism, and knowledge. She and Kay make a great team. The office is first rate.

Dr. Vugia was very good, very helpful, very professional.

Dr VuGia is amazing. She and her staff spend the time to discuss your concerns and come up with solutions. Top notch group.

The front office staff was friendly and efficient. Dr. Rich, as always, was the best.

Friendly yet extremely professional, first rate care.

Great appointment with Dr. Rich. Best wishes to him for a wonderful retirement! (Hate to see him go). Ambrosia and Erica (?) at the front desk were pleasant and helpful. I look forward to future appointments with Dr. Shah.

Dr. McAllister was very helpful and concerned, and his recommendations may have major impact on my health in the near future. For this I am grateful. This is the reason I go to ophthalmologists in general, and your practice in particular.

Staff was efficient and the doctor was genial and professional at the same time. I left confident I knew the status of my eye health & what I should do to monitor it.

Very professional operation. However, I had to wait for 40 minutes (55 if you include the 15 minutes early that I arrived) for my appointment. Unacceptable! Babysitters are not cheap and sometimes not flexible on time. I am hoping that this is a one-time occurrence.

My visit went fine. Thank you for courteous service.

Very professional. Dr. Oliver was recommended by our family physician, Dr. Havert. We respect Dr. Havert immensely, so her recommendation is most valuable and appears to be spot on.

In my experience, NVOA is and has always has been a very caring and well run office, extremely well organized at all levels and very welcoming and friendly to those who are its patients.

As always a very pleasant experience.

My experience with Dr. Rich was excellent-beyond compare. Unfortunately he is retiring, and I wonder if I can find a doctor as dedicated, knowledgeable, professional and caring in the future. The optholomogy tech was also professional, skillful and cordial.

The doctor is always running late. I would appreciate a call next time. We have to wait 45 minutes or more every time we come.

Everyone was efficient and nice.

Great visit from check-in to check-out

Good visit, the Dr. made a thorough examination and then answered all my questions and explained the significance of the results.

It was my first yearly visit with Dr. Marten who was very caring and helpful. I took me in as his patient. He talked about some test in 4 months which was not scheduled by the front desk. I will call to schedule it. I completed the form to transfer my records from my previous doctor. It was good experience.

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Appointment went well..good news from the Doctor. Thanks


6231 Leesburg Pike Ste 608, Falls Church, VA 22044