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Optometrist (Overview)

Optometrists or doctors of optometry are primary eye care providers along with ophthalmologists. They can prescribe glasses and contacts and diagnose and treat various medical eye conditions. They cannot perform surgery on the eye, only ophthalmologists can do that.


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What does an optometrist do?

What does an optometrist do?

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 ophthalmologists. If you have an eye issue, always start with the real doctor: the Ophthalmologist. ...Read more

Optometrist (Overview)

Optometrists or doctors of optometry are primary eye care providers along with ophthalmologists. They can prescribe glasses and contacts and diagnose and treat various medical eye conditions. They cannot perform surgery on the eye, only ophthalmologists can do that.


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What subject do optometrists have to study?

What subject do optometrists have to study?

Optometrists: Visual acuity and recommending eyeglasses or lenses, basically vision exam. ...Read more

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How can optometrists check your specific vision?

How can optometrists check your specific vision?

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. Ophthalmologists are fully trained in vision and eye disease and surgery and are the preferred specialist to check your overall eye health. Optoms can do glasses and contacts but have limited eye health training. ...Read more

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Should an optometrist have basic medical knowledge?

Should an optometrist have basic medical knowledge?

Would be helpful: Optometrists go to a post college school which is 1/2 business and 1/2 basic eye disease and eyeglass/contact evaluation and care. They do not get general medical training and are not truly doctors although they grant themselves a doctors degree. Because of these deficiencies they do not currently take a board exam. For the best eye care, see an ophthalmologist who has full training. ...Read more

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Any recommendations for an optometrist in palo alto?  

Not for optometrists: A person who might need glasses or contact lenses for nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness, astigmatism, or presbyopia (needs reading glasses), but otherwise has no eye symptoms, can see an optometrist (a non-medical doctor). Healthtap in 2011 has only medical doctors as experts, so has ophthalmologists (medical eye doctors who do eye surgery, treat eye diseases, prescribe medications, etc...). ...Read more

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At what age should my children first see optometrist?

At what age should my children first see optometrist?

See ophthalmologist: A child's first examination should be with an ophthalmologist, not an optometrist. There is a huge difference in training between these two groups and the ophthalmologist is the only fully trained medical specialist. See ophthal. If you suspect eye disease, have a history of eye disease, if the childs eye looks funny or is out of alignment, or if he/she seems not to see. Otherwise age 3 is fine ...Read more

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How are an optamoligest and an optometrist different?

How are an optamoligest and an optometrist different?

Big difference: Optometrist have 4 years of training in eye disease and general business management after college. They are excellent at fitting contacts and prescribing eyeglasses. Ophthalmologists are fully trained MD's (4 years) eye, internship (1 year), residency (4 years) and some for 2 more years afterwards. They can do glasses, diagnose disease, treat disease and do surgery. A huge difference. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: optometrist?

What is the definition or description of: optometrist?

Eye health care: Optometrists or doctors of optometry are primary eye care providers along with ophthalmologists. They can prescribe glasses and contacts and diagnose and treat various medical eye conditions. They cannot perform surgery on the eye, only ophthalmologists can do that. ...Read more

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My optometrist says I have 20-30 vision. Is that good?

My optometrist says I have 20-30 vision. Is that good?

Possibly: Is that your best corrected vision or is that your vision without correction? If that is the best, then at your age you need to see an ophthalmologist to find out why it is not 20/20. If it is the uncorrected vision, and the slight blur bothers you, then you could use glasses for extra clarity. ...Read more

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Can a local optometrist make special effects contacts?

Special effectcontac: This would have to be discussed with the optometrist to determine if he is able to provide you with what you would like. The second issue is why do you want special effect contact lenses? ...Read more

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Can I consult with more than one optometrist at a time?

Yes but why: If you actually are concerned about the health of your eyes, you will consult with an ophthalmologist who is fully trained to deal with all aspects of eye health and visual needs and not just glasses and contacts. ...Read more

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Wondering why would the optometrist order me a field vision test?

Several options: Visual field tests are ordered if there is a suspicion of some possible eye condition which could cause a field loss such as glaucoma. Visual field is not usually a screening test and optometrists are notorious for ordering such a test just to rake in the cash for the test. So you should find out if there is an actual reason or get a second opinion from an ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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Can you tell me, if I am 17, can I go to the optometrist by myself?

Depends on symptoms: Not all pain you feel is ovarian cyst pain. You can start by seeing your family practice doctor and he/she can help you determine what you need to evaluate your symptoms. ...Read more

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What are reasons why would the optometrist order me a field vision test?

Unsure of his result: Optometrists order many tests with expensive machines to compensate for their lack of training and skills. They hope the machines answer will give them the answer. Rather than spend time with an optom, better to see an ophthalmologist who is fully trained in everything an optometrist knows and then has years of training beyond that including surgery. ...Read more

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I would like to be an optometrist. Does anyone knows how many years I need to study?

Varies: After high school usually a four college degree and then special optometry training of 3-5 years. ...Read more

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Do optometrists provide you with a written report of the results of your examination?

Do optometrists provide you with a written report of the results of your examination?

If asked, definately: You have the right to ask for and receive a written report of your eye exam. ...Read more

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Could optometrist tell if you smoked weed?

If you have: Blood shot eyes, dry mouth ; wreak of the smell of cannabis - your optometrist may suspect cannabis use. ...Read more

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What type of equipment do optometrists use?

Standard: Optometrists work from an office with devices to measure eyeglass power, determine that power, and image the eye with magnification and recording. Ophthalmologists have the same and some more advanced equipment because they also do surgery and take care of more complex eye problems. ...Read more

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How can the optometrist test babies eyesight?

How can the optometrist test babies eyesight?

Indirectly: The babies eye anatomy can be examined for normality. Are the eyes aligned? Does the child move his eyes to look for presented objects. With the use of some objective instruments, the approximate eyeglass power can be determined. These are of course because the child cannot respond about vision. If there is an issue with a child, absolutely see a pediatric ophthalmologist and not an optom. ...Read more

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How do optometrists know if a baby needs glasses?

How do optometrists know if a baby needs glasses?

Retinoscopy: Using a retinoscope and handheld lenses, they can accurately determine the baby's refraction and then determine if it is appropriate to prescribe glasses. This is also used in the mentally handicapped who can't participate in the refraction process. ...Read more

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How are opthalmologist and optometrist different?

Training and: Experience. The focus of optometry training is prescribing glasses and contact lenses. Optometrists do not attend medical school and get limited training in eye disease. Ophthalmologists do attend medical school and are physician specialists who have extensive training in medical and surgical eye problems. Optometry training is four years. Ophthalmology is at least eight. ...Read more

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How can an optometrist know if I need glasses or not?

How can an optometrist know if I need glasses or not?

Vision and: Refraction. A refraction determines the amount of nearsighted ness, farsightedness and/or astigmatism. Using this information with your uncorrected visual acuity helps determine the need for a spectacle rx. ...Read more

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Why do optometrists use sticky eyedrops during an exam?

To anesthetize eye: The drops themselves are not sticky but they cause the eye to feel that way. They are used to anesthetize the eye in order to check the pressure inside your eye which is a test for glaucoma. ...Read more

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How long does optometrist have to keep patient records?

Generally 7 years: Medical practioners such as ophthalmologists have to keep records for seven years legally although many are kept longer for patients continuing in their practice. Optometrists are not medical doctors although they probably have the same set of rules. ...Read more

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When should I go to an opthalmologist versus optometrist?

When should I go to an opthalmologist versus optometrist?

MD vs OD: If you are interested in a basic exam and a prescription for glasses or contact lenses I would seek out an OD. If you are having symptoms outside of a simple refractive error.......ie something other than blurry vision... seek out an MD. However most ODs can determine the need for you to see an MD ...Read more

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How long do florida optometrist have to keep patient records?

Seven years: Medical practioners such as ophthalmologists have to keep records for seven years legally although many are kept longer for patients continuing in their practice. Optometrists are not medical doctors although they probably have the same set of rules. ...Read more

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What's the difference between opthamologist or an optometrist?

What's the difference between opthamologist or an optometrist?

Focus and training.: The optometrist examines eyes for glasses and diseases. Typically four years after college are needed for optometry. Ophthalmologists go to medical school for four years, then do four years residency with specialization in eye care which includes surgical training. Subspecialists do additional training after residency in ophthalmology in areas such as oculoplastics, retina, refractive, neuro, . ...Read more

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What are the names of the main equipment that optometrists use?

Eye exam equipment: The basic equipment used by optometrists includes an eye chart or projector, near vision card, phoropter (determines refraction), lensmeter, slit lamp (biomicroscope), tonometer, ophthalmoscope (direct and indirect), keratometer, muscle light, stereo vision chart, color vision chart, various lenses and prisms, trial frame and lenses. More advanced equipment: fundus camera, visual field machine. ...Read more

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What is the difference between an opthalmologist and optometrist?

Education: The ophthalmologist has been to medical school and then had an internship and residency. This physician can do eye surgery diagnose and treat eye diseases, help prevent blindness, do corneal transplants, fit patients for contacts or glasses. An optometrist went to optometry school and then is able to measure eyesight for glasses or contacts. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me how opthalmologist and optometrist differ?

Can you please tell me how opthalmologist and optometrist differ?

Training: An optometrist must complete optometry school (4 years) after college. Additional residency training can then be pursued (typically 1 year). An ophthalmologist must complete medical school (4 years) after college, plus 1 year of internship and 3 years of residency. Fellowship training of 1-2 years can then be pursued. Ophthalmologists are trained in eye surgery, whereas optometrists are not. ...Read more

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What are the differences between an opthalmologist and optometrist?

Training: Optometrist go to a four year training school after college which includes two years of eye treatment and two years of business school. Ophthalmologists due one years of internship, fours years of residency only doing eyes, and commonly two more years of subspecialty training. Ophthalmologist treat all aspects of eye disease including surgical; Optometrists limited to glasses, contacts, medical. ...Read more

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Is it possible for optometrist to test how good your sunglasses are?

Yes: Some optical shops have machines which can read the efficiency of uv filtering. Just call around. ...Read more

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Why do not all optometrists specialize in convergence insufficiency?

Why should they?: Why can't optometrists and ophthalmologists choose their focus of practice? We are not a communist country, y'know. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a optometrist (dr.) and optical shops?

Significant: Optical shops make and provide glasses and sometimes some contact lenses they are run by opticians who are technically trained but do not have advanced training. Optometrists are trained to measure for glasses and contacts, and learn a little about eye disease. Unlike ophthalmologists, optoms cannot do surgery and will treat only the mildest of eye conditions. ...Read more

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If an optometrist does a glaucoma test, what tests does he/she perform?

If an optometrist does a glaucoma test, what tests does he/she perform?

Tests- glaucoma: Testing for glaucoma includes intraocular pressure, evaluating the optic nerve, peripheral vision testing, evaluating the retinal nerve fiber layer and evaluating all of these parameters for progression. ...Read more

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What does it mean when my optometrist says I am 3 bars away from 20/20?

Possibly 20/60: This is odd terminology but one gets to expect such utterances from optometrists which is why it is best to see an ophthalmologist for eye conditions. Anyway it means either you missed 3 letters on the 20/20 line, or missed three letters on the next line up (usually 20/30) or you could not read the 3 lines above 20/20 which would make you 20/60. See a real eye doctor. ...Read more