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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
51 years experience in Ophthalmology
Correct vision: Optometrists are trained to fit glasses and contacts. They have some training in eye disease but cannot do surgery. They are not MD doctors like oph ... Read More

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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience in Pediatrics
Try insurer website: Years ago, listings were available only in printed form. By the turn of the century, lists had become available online everywhere. Now, some lists are ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
31 years experience in Psychiatry
Optometrists: Visual acuity and recommending eyeglasses or lenses, basically vision exam.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
51 years experience in Ophthalmology
Eye chart: Vision care specialists check the vision in the uncorrected eye and the corrected eye by having you read an eye chart with each eye individually. Oph ... Read More
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Ham
26 years experience in Ophthalmology
Training: Ophthalmologists are full md specialists of medicine and surgery of the eye who have graduated from medical school, internship, and residency. Optomet ... Read More
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience in Pediatrics
Maybe,maybe not: Ambliopia (lazy eye) is the process where the brain ignores the "camera" picture from one eye because it is less clear or causes double vision. It can ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tim Conrad
33 years experience in Ophthalmology
No: Glasses do not change eyes in any way.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Shatz
25 years experience in Ophthalmology
Not sure: Several optometry schools have ophthalmologists as associate professors, especially for clinical rotations. The idea is to let students see as many e ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Rauen
14 years experience in Ophthalmology
Not sure: I do not understand the question but the larger the eye glasses prescription, the poorer the uncorrected vision. With proper correction (glasses or c ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nela Cordero
53 years experience in Pediatrics
YES: Opticians or optometrist still make lenses for eyeglasses.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Olivia Liao
30 years experience in Ophthalmology
Not optician: Who fits glasses. Many gps can handle conjunctivitis. Optometrists and ophthalmologists can use a slit lamp to figure out which kind of conjunctiviti ... Read More
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
51 years experience in Ophthalmology
Depends: Is the blur recent or gradually oncoming over a long time? Is it one eye or both? Are there any other symptoms: pain, nausea, light flashes, floaters? ... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tim Conrad
33 years experience in Ophthalmology
Yes: Optometrists and ophthalmologists do eye examinations. Opticians do not - they deal with the glasses and sometimes, contact lenses.
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott McKnight
37 years experience in Ophthalmology
Allergy drops: These drops are for allergic symptoms such as itching, redness, tearing, and swelling.
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Alves
23 years experience in Emergency Medicine
Usually: Until you get worse than 20/35, you are still within "squint range, " in that depending on your work / lifestyle, you may be ok with squinting at what ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jay Bradley
17 years experience in LASIK Surgery
Aspheric glasses: Aspheric glasses may minimize induction of aberrations in nearsighted people but usually not to a clinically significant degree. That being said you ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ilan Cohen
24 years experience in Ophthalmology
MD or OD: Optometrists and ophthalmologists can provide you with medical eye care. Opticians cannot.
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Ham
26 years experience in Ophthalmology
Training: Ophthalmologists are full md specialists of medicine and surgery of the eye who have graduated from medical school, internship, and residency. Optomet ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ilan Cohen
24 years experience in Ophthalmology
Cosmesis: For most people, it is a matter of cosmetics. Some people do not like to wear glasses. For a few people, contacts provide better vision than glasses c ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jay Bradley
17 years experience in LASIK Surgery
Usually: Most patients with hyperopic astigmatism can have their prescription corrected with lasik. Some patients have issues which make them poor lasik candi ... Read More
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matheson Harris
15 years experience in Ophthalmology
No, not always: Visual acuity is a measure of how well you see. In most cases this reflects on what your prescription might be but it can't estimate it exactly. The ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jay Bradley
17 years experience in LASIK Surgery
Not usually: Laser eye or implant surgery will correct your prescription but strabismus will likely persist. Muscle surgery may be needed. On the other hand, if ... Read More
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hussain Elhalis
10 years experience in Ophthalmology
After an evaluation: with your eye doctor, they will let you know if you qualify. Important factors are a stable prescription, a thick enough cornea to treat, and no exist ... Read More
A 66-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
51 years experience in Ophthalmology
Ophthalmologist: The difference in training and knowledge is impressive. I always liken the contrast as that between a lawyer (ophthalmologist) and a legal assistant ... Read More

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