What is an Optometrist?
An optometrist is a doctor who has earned the Doctor of Optometry degree (OD). Optometrists are primary health care specialists, trained to examine defects in vision, ocular injuries, ocular diseases, and problems with general health that may affect the eyes like diabetes and hypertension. Optometrists offer clinical advice and can prescribe for glasses and contacts.
Optometrists must complete a four-year degree in sciences and four years of post-graduate professional training in optometry school.
Keratoconus is a progressive ocular disease in which the normally spherical cornea begins to thin creating a dome shape that bulges outward like a cone. The cone deflects light as it enters the eye causing sensitivity to light, blurred vision and vision changes.
Refractive errors mean that the shape of an eye does not bend light correctly upon entering the eye resulting in blurred images. This can be easily addressed with either glasses or contacts. The main refractive errors are myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism and presbyopia.
Myopic control aims to slow the progression of nearsightedness in children. Our certified optometrists can help curb your kids’ myopia starting as early as age 7 and up.
Glaucoma is a progressive vision condition that can lead to permanent vision loss. The condition damages the optic nerve, which carries the information from your eyes to the visual center in your brain.
Amniotic Stem Cells
Amniotic membrane tissue has natural therapeutic, natural anti-inflammatory and natural anti-scarring properties; stem cells used by our doctors treat a number of corneal surface conditions.
Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD) is a blockage of the meibomian glands, located at the base of your eyelashes. MGD can cause secondary dry eyes, puffiness, redness or even styes.
Diabetic Eye Exam
Dilating the eye is the only thorough way to diagnose diabetic retinopathy. For this exam our doctors place drops in the patients’ eyes to dilate the pupils allowing them to examine the overall health inside of the eye, especially the retinal vessels in the periphery.
Optometrists diagnose eye conditions and prescribe eyeglasses and contact lenses when necessary; they are also authorized to prescribe ophthalmic drops to treat conditions like glaucoma.
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