Dr. Michael Pachtman, MD


Ophthalmology | Male

Dr. Michael Pachtman, MD

Dr. Michael Pachtman, MD is an ophthalmology doctor who practices in Mesa, AZ. He is 64 years old and has been practicing for 39 years. Dr. Pachtman is affiliated with Phoenix Children's Hospital and Dignity Health - Chandler Regional Medical Center.

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Dr. Pachtman's Performance
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  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
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  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    16 to 30 minutes
Patient Comments (9)
in Scottsdale, AZ |
My son (11) had an eye appointment (1st time) with Dr. Pachtman this morning and we waited 2 hours for his appointment. The receptionist was not friendly and when we finally did see the doctor he did not greet us and acted like we were doing him a favor by being there. When asked if there is normally this long of a wait he replied by saying..."a lot of people want to see him and if you don't want a wait then go to Dr. Karen Robertson (also in the same group). Absolutely horrible experience!
Gilbert, AZ |
We were referred to Dr. Pachtmann because my 3 year old son had a developing lazy eye. Dr. Pachtmann is obviously bright and obviously experienced, and he was able to diagnose my son fast and offer treatment immediately. We have been back to see him a number of times for other eye issues with my son and he has been helpful every time. If you want to see someone who has seen every eye condition out there and has a wealth of experience, I would absolutely recommend Dr. Pachtmann.
in Gilbert, AZ |
He was a condescending jerk. He wouldn't answer my questions and he kept talking over me. He is very rude. We will not be returning to his office again & strongly recommend that other parents not take their kids to him. I will also tell my son's pediatrician to refer his other patients to a different eye doctor
Phoenix, AZ |
He was very dismissive of my concerns of suffering from double vision for several years. I had consulted another ophthalmologist prior to seeing him who actually referred me to the practice. The previous dr I saw, Dr Aaron Peterson, was extremely thorough, ran numerous tests and spent a good hour with me. He felt I needed surgery. Dr P spent 10 minutes with me and came up with completely different results on the sight chart. His opinion? I'm 60 and need glasses!! I've worn glasses for years!
Phoenix, AZ |
My appt with Dr. Pachtman seemed to be, at the time, acceptable. I am an adult who was told that I needed surgery. I, fortunately, consulted with 2 other physicians who told me that surgery was not necessary. While I cannot review on his expertise as a surgeon, I believe his "ethics" of a physician fall short. My appointment was quick, very little tested, and a quick to judge surgery result. Be very careful and always get a 2nd opinion.
Phoenix, AZ |
Was told he could correct my child's double vision, and after the surgery, and out of pocket thousands of dollars that insurance didn't cover, the surgery did not work. Beware before you commit to surgery with Dr. Pachtman. Get other opinions from other doctors. Office staff is rude, wait time (take the day off from work) is horrible, and poor bedside manners from the Dr. Our poor child was traumatized by the experience from Dr. Pachtman.
in Mesa, AZ |
Dr. Pachtman is great with my son in the office and makes him feel very relaxed and comfortable. He takes the time to answer all our questions. I would definitely recommend him!
Very professional and kind
in Chandler, AZ |
He is a very nice Dr . But you feel so rushed when you see him. Staff is pretty rude. They denied me making an appt because I had a $40 balance due. I have called the office many times and have left messages. No call back.You can never get a person on the phone. Always on hold for 30 mins or more at a time.Changing Dr's!!!!!!!!
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  •  Specializes in Ophthalmology
  •  Board certified in Ophthalmology
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  •  No board actions found

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Board Certifications

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  • Ophthalmology

Conditions Treated

  • Cataract
  • Cutaneous Lupus Erythematosus
  • Diplopia
  • Drooping Eyelids (Ptosis)
  • Esotropia
  • Exotropia
  • Eyelid Disorders
  • Eyelid Spasm
  • Floaters
  • Glaucoma
  • Headache
  • Hypertropia
  • Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension
  • Marfan Syndrome
  • Migraine
  • Nerve Sheath Tumors
  • Nystagmus
  • Optic Neuritis
  • Paralytic Strabismus
  • Retinoblastoma
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Senile Cataracts
  • Still's Disease
  • Strabismus
  • Uveitis and Iridocyclitis
  • Visual Field Defects


  • Medical School
    University of Kentucky

    Graduated in 1978

  • Internship Hospital
    Henry Ford Hospital

    Completed in 1979

  • Residency Hospital
    University of Michigan Hospital

    Completed in 1982

  • Fellowship Hospital
    Indiana University Hospitals

    Completed in 1983

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

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  • Ophthalmology

Procedures Performed

  • Extraocular Muscle Surgery
  • Eye Surgery
  • Eyelid Surgery
  • Non-Cosmetic Chemodenervation
  • Repair of Eye Laceration