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Can An Md Not Certified In Ophthalmology 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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Not appropriate: If you needed such a note to get reading glasses you can pick out by yourself at a kiosk,it would be fine. Having them covered by your HSA can be a hassle. Beyond that it would not be appropriate. Your doc would not have the proper equipment to properly assess your eyes for glasses. The state medical boards expect docs to practice within the areas they train and discipline those who don't ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Why: A prescription of 0.0 conveys no correction. A contact termed a bandage lens is sometimes given to help surface disease of the eye heal quicker and more comfortably. But why wear a contact with no correction unless it is a colored lens with a desire to modify the iris color of the eye for cosmetic reasons. ...Read more
Depends: Different states have different laws regarding the time acceptance of an eyeglass prescription. Typical is two years. Some optometrists will try and get you in each year to find a small difference and then sell you a pair of eyeglasses. This is why it is recommended to get most eye examinations from a real doctor - an ophthalmologist. ...Read more
Can any physician write contact lenses prescription or can it only be written by an opthomologist?
Usually eye doc: Usually a contact lens or spectacle prescription is written by an ophthalmologist or optometrist. Most other doctors do not have the required equipment to measure the prescription, translate it into the right contact lens prescription, and pick the right base curve and diameter for the contact. Finally if there is a problem, you will need to bring it to an eye doctor to recheck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is a board certified and licensed optician qualified to perform a refractive eye exam for an eyeglass prescription using digital eye exam equipment?
Seeking an MD who would give me an off-label prescription after a phone consultation. In California. Fully legitimate use; with standard of care too.
Private consult: through Health Tap may be helpful. You need to go to another place on the HT site, not this Q & A section,or call them. Peace and good health. ...Read more
Why does an opthamologist and not an optometrist oversee eye examinations for optometry students?
Not sure: Several optometry schools have ophthalmologists as associate professors, especially for clinical rotations. The idea is to let students see as many eye conditions as possible during their training, and ophthalmologists tend to see a wide variety of diseases. To be sure, optometrists also oversee the students, but the variety breeds a more well-rounded doctor. ...Read more
Yes: Ophthalmologists are full md specialists of medicine and surgery of the eye who have graduated from medical school, internship, and residency. Optometrists do not go to medical school, or even pre-med. They go to optometry school where they learn about prescribing eye glasses as well as basic information about diseases of the eye. Both can write prescriptions for glasses. ...Read more
Why would one have to see a board certified physician of a particular specialty; can md's work in a field without the certification?
Lubricating drops: Most eyes are very good at keeping themselves healthy. If you feel the need for tear supplement, lubricating or tear replacement drops are available over the counter in pharmacies. Drops are usually not necessary for most. ...Read more
I have 20/350 uncorrected distance vision that is correctable to 20/25 each eye. Need eye exam for rx. Is this a medical necessary exam for insurance?
No: The need for glasses is a refractive problem, and not considered a medical problem. Most insurances will not cover refraction. However, if you are not correctable to 20/20, it is more than likely that you eye md will find a medical condition to account for this. The exam can then be covered by the medical insurance (except for the refraction part). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Please help docs! where can I buy new eyeglasses without a prescription by giving my current lenses for them to copy?
Optical shops: Some optical shops will do this with the advice that they take no responsibility for the quality of vision and will not correct problems. In many States, laws forbid this practi ce. You might have to hunt around and of course you could probably get this done with no issue in many foreign countries. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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