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Is an md not certified in ophthalmology able to write a perscription for eyeglasses?

Is an md not certified in ophthalmology able to write a perscription for eyeglasses?

Ophthalmology: Not typically. An ophthalmologist is usually an MD or an DO after he/she completed medical school and then a residency in ophthalmology / eye surgery. An MD without training in ophthalmology is likely not well versed or trained to provide a prescription for eye glasses. Optometrists are also trained for this as well so you are better off looking for a doctor focusing in eye care. ...Read more

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Ophthalmology (Definition)

Ophthalmology is a field of study in which a person specializes in the eyes, eye muscles, eyelids, laser surgery, lens implants, glasses, contact lenses, eye ...Read more


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Can md not in ophthalmology write a perscription for eyeglasses?

Can md not in ophthalmology write a perscription for eyeglasses?

No: Only a licensed eye care professional can write a glasses or contact lens prescription. ...Read more

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Eye doctor at a store front business says that it is the law and required to have eyes dilated during a regular eye exam for eyeglasses. Is this true?

Eye doctor at a store front business says that it is the law and required to have eyes dilated during a regular eye exam for eyeglasses. Is this true?

Eye doctor: Different states have different laws. Check with your city's board if health as to your eye doctors claim. Ideally it doesn't hurt to get your eyes dilated so that the doctor can check your retina to rule out things like diabetes or high blood pressure. ...Read more

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I am going to eye doctor to get glasses, what to expect?

I am going to eye doctor to get glasses, what to expect?

You can expect: To have your vision and eye pressure checked. Also, you should expect to have your pupils dilated so they can evaluate the health of your retina and optic nerve. The dilation lasts for several hours afterwards. Some special pictures might be taken as well. Bring your current glasses with you if any, and previous eye exam records if there were any issues. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is it risky to use my eye if I need glasses? I obviously need glasses but I haven't been to the eye doctor as yet.

Is it risky to use my eye if I need glasses? I obviously need glasses but I haven't been to the eye doctor as yet.

No: No, But if you need glasses, it will certainly help your vision. Let your eye doctor help you with correcting your vision. Glasses are a natural first step. Good luck. ...Read more

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How much does an eye doctor cost w/o insurance? Need an exam and probably glasses.

Full eye exam: Can cost anywhere from $75-$115. Optometrists often charge less, but a medical doctor has full training in medical and surgical problems of the eye. ...Read more

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I haven't seen an eye doctor in years and I wear contacts should I see one cause I want glasses now?

I haven't seen an eye doctor in years and I wear contacts should I see one cause I want glasses now?

Yes: Yes. You should see an eye doctor to get eyeglasses and also to check your eyes from any issues related to your contacts. You should see someone on an annual basis. ...Read more

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Could use your help docs! My eye doctor told me to try OTC reading glasses, can you wear them all the time?

Could use your help docs! My eye doctor told me to try OTC reading glasses, can you wear them all the time?

Presbyopia: Is the term which describes the typical age-related development of reading problems. Often, patients who don't need glasses for distance vision can get along with otc readers. This type of glasses is meant to be used only for reading and you won't be able to see distance well through them. Alternatives include half-sized lenses in which you look over the top, or bifocals to wear all the time. ...Read more

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I went to eye doctor and to him my sight dims and he said I just need new glasses. Is this true? My vision always dims

I went to eye doctor and to him my sight dims and he said I just need new glasses. Is this true? My vision always dims

Maybe: Glasses will correct the rays of lihjt entering the eye allowing them to focus on the ack of the eye. Poorly focused light in the eye may appear as dimness. ...Read more

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Will an eye doctor give you contact lenses before ever getting glasses?

Will an eye doctor give you contact lenses before ever getting glasses?

Not advised: They really should not. You should always have a pair of glasses to fall back on in the event that you have trouble with or lose your contact lenses. ...Read more

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If you can't see clearly and the eye doctor says you need glasses, can you just put on contacts instead?

If you can't see clearly and the eye doctor says you need glasses, can you just put on contacts instead?

Discuss with doctor: Most of the time contacts can be used, even if it is the 1st time you need vision correctrion. ...Read more

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I just called my eye doctor and she said I have astigmatism and something about only with my glasses, and not contacts? What does this mean?

I just called my eye doctor and she said I have astigmatism and something about only with my glasses, and not contacts? What does this mean?

Astigmatisn: If you have a very small amount of astigmatism, you can wear soft contact lenses that do not have astigmatism correction and still see very well with them. ...Read more

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I wear glasses to help me read. But when I'm not wearing them I feel like there's a type of film over my eyes. My glasses were made from my eye doctor?

I wear glasses to help me read. But when I'm not wearing them I feel like there's a type of film over my eyes. My glasses were made from my eye doctor?

Visual acuity: Those of us in middle-age who develop need for glasses to assist in reading may have presbyopia, while hyperopia (far-sightedness) typically develops at earlier age (and also requires glasses for reading). Regardless, if you notice a film over your eyes w/o using glasses, it's time to return to your Optometrist or Ophthalmologist for further evaluation. Perhaps you're myopic (near-sighted) too? ...Read more

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I am in Taipei for about two weeks. I have noticed my vision has changed since I have been here. Everything is a little less focused with my glasses. Should I be worried before I go home Friday? I scheduled an eye doctor appointment on Monday.

I am in Taipei for about two weeks. I have noticed my vision has changed since I have been here. Everything is a little less focused with my glasses. Should I be worried before I go home Friday? I scheduled an eye doctor appointment on Monday.

Possible dry eye: Thankfully, there are not a lot of very worrisome causes that would cause mild blurriness in both eyes, in a period of 2 weeks. Dry eye is a possible cause - this could be caused by environmental changes as well as time spent in airplanes where the air is very dry. Try using some over-the-counter artificial tears several times a day and watch for improvement. ...Read more

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My eye doctor is unable to see me in time for my new prescription for glasses before I move. What is the best solution for this?

My eye doctor is unable to see me in time for my new prescription for glasses before I move. What is the best solution for this?

Explain: Try explaining to the receptionist that you are moving and would like to be seen. If it doesn't work your options are see a different doctor or see a new one when you move. ...Read more

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Can an eye doctor know your contact lens prescription just by looking at your glasses?

Can an eye doctor know your contact lens prescription just by looking at your glasses?

To some degree: If your glasses prescription is known, your contact prescription should be as well. If the eye doctor just looks at the glasses with his/her naked eye, he/she may get a rough idea of your prescription. If they look at the glasses with a lens meter, he/she will know the glasses' exact prescription, and have a good idea of the contact prescription based on that. ...Read more

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How do you get glasses from a source other than your eye doctor's office? Do you just bring the prescription?

How do you get glasses from a source other than your eye doctor's office? Do you just bring the prescription?

Yes: You can have the eye doc who did exam write out your prescription, which you can take elsewhere for glasses. If you have pair of glasses with current prescription lenses, an eye glass vender can read the prescription from the lenses & make a new pair with frames of your choice. Or you can have eye exam at chain eye glasses places & choose frames & lenses from their selection. ...Read more

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Why do I always have a constant headache every day? I went to the eye doctor and needed glasses, but I am still getting them. What could this be?

Why do I always have a constant headache every day? I went to the eye doctor and needed glasses, but I am still getting them. What could this be?

Needs follow up: If the glasses did not help with your headache then its not an eye related. Your headache could be due to other issues. You may have sinus problem, tension, cluster or migraine headache. Please follow up with your doc. ...Read more

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I get bad headaches when I don't wear my glasses, but my eye doctor said I don't need them anymore because my vision is 20/20. Something to worry abt?

I get bad headaches when I don't wear my glasses, but my eye doctor said I don't need them anymore because my vision is 20/20. Something to worry abt?

No: If you are seeing well with what I assume is a very mild lens prescription, then feel free to wear the glasses. If you see better without, you may be adjusting and simply experiencing muscle related eye strain. ...Read more

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I have dry eyes. I already have glasses and I took eye drops for 2 months. Do I just have to go to an actual eye doctor. Idk what to do im tired of it?

I have dry eyes. I already have glasses and I took eye drops for 2 months. Do I just have to go to an actual eye doctor. Idk what to do im tired of it?

Dry eyes: Can have many causes. If OTC eye drops don't help in 2 days, let alone 2months, continued usage will not suddenly begin to help, and may actually do harm. See an Opthalmologist, a specialist eye physician, to discover cause, and to then prescribe the appropriate treatment. You need a comprehensive eye examination. Not a computer link. ...Read more

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I went to the eye doctor and was prescribed glasses. She said to wear them whenever I needed to but how do I know when I need to do I won't strain eye?

I went to the eye doctor and was prescribed glasses. She said to wear them whenever I needed to but how do I know when I need to do I won't strain eye?

No strain: Eyeglasses are an optical aid to clear vision. The eye does not care whether they are on or off - the eye will do its best in either case. Consider what happens when a hearing aid is turned off --- you just hear less well. Removing your eyeglasses is like turning off the hearing aid. So wear them when you need the visual clarity. ...Read more

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I have a headache or migraine every day the eye doctor gave me glasses but they don't help Advil and ibuprofen make them worse what's going on?

I have a headache or migraine every day the eye doctor gave me glasses but they don't help Advil and ibuprofen make them worse what's going on?

Consultation: Recommend consultation with a Headache Specialist to evaluate your source of pain. This may be a Physiatrist or Neurologist. ...Read more

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Is it safe to have lasik surgery after having had keratitis? I hate wearing glasses, so I've mostly been wearing contacts, but recently I got keratitis. My eye doctor says it's healed but wants me to wait before wearing contacts again. I'm kind of scared

Is it safe to have lasik surgery after having had keratitis? I hate wearing glasses, so I've mostly been wearing contacts, but recently I got keratitis. My eye doctor says it's healed but wants me to wait before wearing contacts again. I'm kind of scared

There: There are several causes of keratitis. Depending on the cause, it may be safe to have lasik. If the keratitis was caused by herpes virus (not uncommon), then lasik may cause a recurrence of the keratitis that may be problematic. In this case, your surgeon may recommend either not having lasik or the use of medications before and after surgery to decrease the risk of recurrent keratitis. ...Read more

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How do doctors find out if you have cataracts? I have not been to the eye doctor in three years, and over that time I have become progressively more nearsighted. Now, my prescription glasses do not even seem to be helping me. I am afraid that I may be get

How do doctors find out if you have cataracts? I have not been to the eye doctor in three years, and over that time I have become progressively more nearsighted. Now, my prescription glasses do not even seem to be helping me. I am afraid that I may be get

Eye examination: The only way to know for sure whether your vision is affected by cataracts (or if you have them) is to have an eye exam. Your exam will also check your eyeglass prescription to see if this is all that is necessary to change. ...Read more

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I have an astigmatism in my right eye, the eye doctor said only need to wear my glasses at night when I'm driving Can I get lazy eye or blind worried?

I have an astigmatism in my right eye, the eye doctor said only need to wear my glasses at night when I'm driving Can I get lazy eye or blind worried?

No: You obviously have a very minor astigmatism. Many people, some of the nicest and brightest (inc. Me, ahem!) have much worse astigmatism which is correctable with glasses. It does not cause lazy eye or blindness. ...Read more

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Pediatric ophthalmology or optometry or optician or what for 6 year old first visit for glasses?

Pediatric ophthalmology or optometry or optician or what for 6 year old first visit for glasses?

Pediatric ophthal: The entry point for any child needing eye care should be a pediatric ophthalmologist or if none is available, a general ophthalmologist. Opticians can fit glasses from a prescription the ophthalmologist gives them. An optometrist is trained on adults almost exclusively and is not given the skills to deal with the broad range of possible problems a child might have. ...Read more

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With an extremity injury, which causes less stress on the liver: drink 2 glasses of wine, or take the Vicodin my MD prescribed me? Obviously not both.

With an extremity injury, which causes less stress on the liver: drink 2 glasses of wine, or take the Vicodin my MD prescribed me? Obviously not both.

It depends: That is a difficult question to answer since there are a number of variables which need to be taken into account. Factors which effect the liver's ability to metabolize acetaminophen or wine include your baseline hepatic function, other medications that you are taking, how much wine/alcohol you drink and for how long, and how much Vicodin or other acetaminophen containing drugs you are taking. ...Read more

Dr. Tim Conrad
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Glasses (Definition)

Glasses is a term that describes a pair of lenses that are placed in a frame to be worn to correct faulty vision ...Read more


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Eyeglasses (Definition)

Babies sometimes need eyeglasses to correct vision or to correct ...Read more