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Do people without eye floaters see perfectly clear when looking at the sky? No debris or opacities whatsoever?
Are optometrists trained to detect eye cancers by checking a dilated eye? My regular eye exams are carried out by optometrists per my insurance reqs.
O.D., M.D.: A primer on eyecare professionals: opticians are trained and licensed to make prescription eye glasses, while optometrists are doctors who are trained to diagnose and treat most eye conditions. Ophthalmologists are medical doctors who specialize in treatment of the eye both medically and surgically. Most vision conditions are diagnosed by either optometrists or ophthalmologists. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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. There are many other factors that determine how well you see: if your retina is healthy and if there are other problems with your cornea or lens. It's possible to have poor visual acuity and yet have no need for glasses. ...Read more
Photophobia, ghosting, glares, starbursts.No cataract, power fine, no astigmatism n cornea ok(topography).Wavefront error of 0.66.What should I do to cure?
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OD, MD: An opthalmologist goes to medical school and gets an md, then spends 4 more years of training in medicine and surgery with 3 years of emphasis on eye treatment and eye surgery. Some ophthalmologists spend additional years in fellowship training. An optometrist goes to a 4 year optometry school and does non-surgical eye treatment, glasses and contact lenses. An optician makes and fits glasses. ...Read moreSee 6 more doctor answers
Might turn white: An advanced untreated cataract will eventually turn white in the pupillary space. If still untreated, some will dissolve and lose the white color but more often will rupture and set up a terrific inflammation inside the eye. In this era, cataract removal is so predictable and safe that advanced cataracts should be rare. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Nearsightedness: Nearsightedness (myopia) is a condition where the optical system of the eye is too powerful for the length of the eye. This results in images being focused in front of the part of the eye that senses light (the retina). People with this condition see close up but not far away. The condition is treated with glasses, contact lenses, laser eye surgery (lasik, prk) or phakic iol. ...Read more
Both: Ortho-k is an expensive and non-sensible treatment. With this, you wear contact lenses while you sleep that mould the cornea. This allows better vision. During the day, the cornea reshapes itself to normal. What this means is that you see well for a few hours and your vision fades as the day progresses. A more sensible and cheaper solution is to wear contact lenses during the day. ...Read more
Do all toric contacts correct both astigmatism and myopia? Some of them say they are for astigmatism and don't mention nearsightedness.
30yo w/ no eye DMG & prescription for vision is right; but have blurry, hazy vision, cannot focus eyes without concentration. Can i be considered legally blind?
Are there any one using toric contacts and feeling totally comfortable without any blurriness or out of focus?
Sadly, durasoft colorblends were discontinued. Any others appart from freshlook? Looking for a yearly colored contacts with prescription
I have been: Seeing your unanswered post. You may be better off looking at the company website for product information, gd luck. ...Read more
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Don't have a clue: This is the public HT site where volunteer docs, primarily in the USA answer questions about medical problems. We have no access to or information about health plans around the world where this site is seen. You need to contact that plan directly. You are welcome to use this site when you have a problem we can help you with. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Should just call: You should be able to simply call and make an appointment. ...Read more
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
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
Varies: After high school usually a four college degree and then special optometry training of 3-5 years. ...Read more
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