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Thomas Saunders, OD
4.7 out of 5
Would recommend this provider
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Special Interests
Ocular diseases such as macular degeneration and glaucoma as well as care of the diabetic patient
Personal Information
Dr. Saunders enjoys traveling and spending time with his wife. His personal interests include cooking, photography, scuba diving and independent music. He is also active within organizations in the greater Tacoma area that provide mentoring and support for middle and high school aged youth.
Clinical Experience
Education and Professional Achievements
Pacific University College of Optometry, Forest Grove, Ore., 2008
Optometry, VA Puget Sound Health Care System - American Lake Division, Tacoma, Wash., 2009
Professional Activities and Awards
Member, American Optometric Association
Patient Ratings and Comments
Patient Ratings
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Would recommend provider
4.7 out of 5 stars
Provider's friendliness and courtesy
4.8 out of 5 stars
My confidence in provider
4.7 out of 5 stars
Provider spoke in clear language
4.8 out of 5 stars
Provider's effort to include me in decisions
4.7 out of 5 stars
Provider's explanation of condition or problem
4.8 out of 5 stars
Provider's concern for questions and worries
4.7 out of 5 stars
Time provider spent with me
4.7 out of 5 stars
Patient Comments
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April 2018
Dr. Sanders was so kind and compassionate, I really appreciated him squeezing me in for an eye appointment. He even called later to insure I was doing ok, which was very much appreciated.
March 2018
Dr Saunders say a more urgent problem with my eye and sent me to a retina specialist. Offce assistant callee and they specialist got me right in same day.
March 2018
Provider was very to the point and concise.
January 2018
January 2018
Didn´t show me the scan comparison for my Macular Degeneration, & I should have asked for it. He said there was no change. Doctor did the scan rather than an assistant. My eye examination was very thorough.
December 2017
Great doctor and experience!
November 2017
Dr. Saunders has treated me very well and has made very well informed decisions regarding my treatment. He very importantly made a personal connection with me which makes me value his care even more so. Thank you Dr. Saunders for the excellent care!
September 2017
Dr Saunders personally contacted Dr Endow regarding my high BP in order to get an early appointment.
August 2017
EZ to talk w/kind.
August 2017
August 2017
very rushed: after emergency responded to patient in the office
August 2017
he is a awesome doctor I would recommend him to everyone
August 2017
Dr. Saunders is very thorough and I really like him.
June 2017
This provider gets the job done, but lacks interpersonal skills. We received what we needed out of the appt - a prescription, but that´s about it.
May 2017
Most thorough eye exam I have ever had. My vision is very important to me and I appreciate being worked in to make sure there were no serious issues. Cannot thank you enough.
May 2017
Dr. Saunders is the best! He is very thorough and goes the extra mile is following up with me and keeping a close watch on my condition. I trust him.
May 2017
Dr. Sanders is outstanding!
March 2017
I trust Dr. Saunders knows what he´s doing. However, I would like an eye doctor who was more personable.
February 2017
All good!
February 2017
I have cornea erosion so medication given - Pretty straight forward - Pleased with Dr. Saunders in & out of office quickly - I liked that.
January 2017
I have the highest regard for DR> Saunders and feel he has great concern for best treatment of my eyes!
January 2017
Excellent explanations, very responsive to my request for less medication to cause eye-dilation.
January 2017
Dr. Saunders was great - but he is definitely not "warm & fuzzy." He is VERY quick & to the point which is fine as long as that´s OK with the patient -> I didn´t care so it was fine.
December 2016
Our providers are above and beyond expectations.
November 2016
Dr. Saunders was professional, but pleasant. I was very comfortable with him, and had confidence in his expertise.
November 2016
Amazing as a doctor and as a person! Will recommend to my patients! I´m an interpreter also for VM.
October 2016
My first experience and I got a little scared & he just kept saying put your head here & would hold my head.
September 2016
Dr. Saunders is very attentive and listens carefully to concerns. He is always kind and reassuring.
September 2016
I came in with an issue that was caused extra time and tests. I thought I might have to come back another day if tests were needed, and was happy to do that. But everyone just took care of the issue right then. I was given new directions about how to handle my situation and I will have follow-ups. I don´t know what more I could have asked for.
August 2016
recommend VM and all of its services and providers whenever I have the opportunity
July 2016
Completely satisfied & confident in Dr. Saunders!
July 2016
He makes everything so pleasant that I do not mind my eye appointments anymore. The Doctor remembers little bits of information about one so that you feel that he does remember you. Excellent!
July 2016
my care provider is EXCELLENT!! I hope VM appreciates the effort that they give to the patient´s.
June 2016
He was very courteous and the follow up was wonderful!
June 2016
June 2016
Great provider knowledgeable explained any problem in detail.
June 2016
I highly recommend Dr. Saunders. He is knowledgeable, professional, and has terrific ´bedside manner´.
June 2016
Dr. T. Saunders is an excellent doctor, he should be head of a department!!
May 2016
Very serious...and may have a tendency no take into consideration entire eye problem issue...more questions should be asked to link to final results or results at actual time. Especially if care give in the past not linked to V.M.
May 2016
Dr. Saunders was very good in every way.
April 2016
He was very helpfull gave me medicine I needed for my eyes, that day they starting feeling much better and they are on the mend.
March 2016
Information is exchanged just the way I would want.
February 2016
Dr .Saunder´s office is very flexible with my schedule and are proactive. Dr. Saunders has been very vigilante has works communicates well with Dr.Shey´s downtown.
January 2016
I have already recommended to a few of my friends .