Dr. Darrell Hester, MD

Dr. Darrell Hester, MD

Ophthalmology  ·  
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Age 57
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Dr. Darrell Hester, MD is an ophthalmology specialist in Wilmington, NC and has been practicing for 27 years. He graduated from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine in 1987 and specializes in ophthalmology.

1915 S 17th St Ste 101

Wilmington, NC 28401

Contact Information

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • American Republic
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • Coventry Health Care
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Health Net
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Top Care Areas

See how frequently Dr. Hester performs your care needs compared to other doctors.

Nearsightedness
very high
more than 98% of peers
Farsightedness
very high
more than 94% of peers
Cataract
high
more than 88% of peers

Dr. Hester's percentages are based on the rate of treatment compared to peers nationwide from insurance data. Learn more info about our data and this Top Care Areas component.

1  Specialties

  • Ophthalmology

1  Board Certifications

  • Ophthalmology
    Accredited by: American Board of Ophthalmology*

38  Conditions Treated

  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • Anterior Ischemic Optic Neuropathy
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Autoimmune Thyroid Diseases
  • Bell's Palsy
  • Benign Tumor
  • Brain Disorders
  • Cancer
  • Cataract
  • Corneal Abrasion or Laceration
  • Corneal Diseases
  • Corneal Erosion
  • Corneal Ulcer
  • Drooping Eyelids (Ptosis)
  • Dry Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • Dry Eyes
  • Ectropion of Eyelid
  • Entropion
  • Eye Cancer
  • Eye Infections
  • Eyelid Disorders
  • Farsightedness
  • Glaucoma
  • Iridocyclitis
  • Nearsightedness
  • Presbyopia
  • Pterygium
  • Retina Diseases
  • Retinoblastoma
  • Sjögren's Syndrome
  • Stye
  • Thyroid Disease
  • Trichiasis
  • Ulcer
  • Uveitis and Iridocyclitis
  • Vascular Disease
  • Visual Field Defects
  • Vitreous Hemorrhage

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17  Procedures

  • Astigmatic Keratotomy
  • Clear Lens Surgery With Multifocal Implants
  • Cornea Surgery
  • Excision of Chalazion
  • Eye Surgery
  • Femtosecond Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery
  • Glaucoma Surgery
  • LASIK
  • Ocular Surface Reconstruction
  • Oculoplastic Surgery
  • Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK)
  • Relaxing Incisions, Corneal
  • Sutureless Cataract Surgery
  • Vitreoretinal Surgery
  • YAG Iridotomy
  • YAG Laser Capsulotomy
  • YAG Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for North Carolina.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

Education

  • University of North Carolina At Chapel Hill
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1982
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1987
  • Roanoke Meml Hospital
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1988
  • North Carolina Memorial Hospital
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1991

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Hester has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Hester's Reviews

3.4
Likelihood of recommending Dr. Hester to family and friends
10 total reviews (4 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (10)

  • 5
    (5)
  • 4
    (0)
  • 3
    (1)
  • 2
    (2)
  • 1
    (2)

Dr. Hester's Performance

  • Trustworthiness

    VERY GOOD
  • Explains condition(s) well

    VERY GOOD
  • Answers questions

    VERY GOOD
  • Time well spent

    VERY GOOD

Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

    VERY GOOD
  • Office environment

    VERY GOOD
  • Staff friendliness

    VERY GOOD
  • Average wait time

    16 to 30 minutes

Patient Comments (4)

Not likely to recommend. Didn't listen. Very rushed. Didn't answer questions. Didn't explain. Handed a bunch of samples & was up to me to figure it out. Looked at phone while talking & answered text. Other staff in and out of exam room to get instruments. Very long wait.
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I would recommend Dr. Hester to all my family and friends. I felt that I had the best eye exam of my life. Dr. Hester is professional and easy to understand. He spent time talking to me explaining all my eye issues. The time waiting in the reception room was well worth it. I believe he must spend...more
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Dr. Hester is very good, professional, and always willing to explain things. Office is bad - hard to schedule, wait times are often over 2 hours. I was there once after lights were turned off and staff had left. Not very apologetic.
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You are in the office a minimum of two hours. I've had follow up appointments and waited three hours or more. When you finally see the doctor he's in there about 5 minutes.
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