A common question among people in search of an eye care specialist is whether optometrists are also doctors. The answer is yes, they are doctors, but they are not eye M.D. Unlike ophthalmologists who are qualified to perform both medical and surgical interventions for the gamut of eye conditions, optometrists have a relatively limited scope of practice.
So, how then have they obtained the title “doctor?” Optometrists hold a degree in optometry after completing four years of optometry school, preceded by three or more years of bachelor’s degree.
Let’s delve into what optometrists do to know when it might be appropriate to see one for your vision care.
What Do Optometrists Do?
Optometrists are basic eye care professionals, and their scope of practice includes the following:
- Prescribing medication and eyewear, like specialized contact lenses or eyeglasses, to help manage eye conditions
- Educating patients about their eye health, eye conditions, and/or treatment options
- Reviewing patient records pre- and post-op as well as before consultations
- Providing continuing care to patients with vision loss
- Diagnosing eye disorders
- Performing comprehensive eye examinations
- Working with other healthcare professionals on eye-related issues
When to See an Optometrist
To know when it might be appropriate to see an optometrist, a good rule of thumb would be to determine your specific need/s. If you need vision screening or a comprehensive eye exam, you have frequent headaches or blurry vision and think you need (to change) contact lenses or glasses, or you need other primary eye care services, your go-to is an optometrist.
From there, an optometrist will give you a referral to see an ophthalmologist if they find specialized eye care necessary.
Reliable Optometrist in Washington, MO
At Advanced Sight Center, we believe that vision care should be convenient and comprehensive. Our team of eye care professionals includes a highly qualified optometrist – Dr. Becky Lory – who has made it her mission to empower the men, women, and children in our community to stay on top of their eye health.
To learn more about our services or to book an appointment with Dr. Lory or one of our other eye care providers, contact our staff at (636) 239-1650. You may also request an appointment right here on our website. We look forward to serving you!