Do I need to see an optometrist or an ophthalmologist?
Our doctors are board certified optometric physicians, or optometrists, and are not only the expert in refraction and vision problems but are also board certified to diagnose and treat eye disease and prescribe topical and oral antibiotics, antivirals, pain medication and anti-glaucoma medications for the eye, including for the treatment of glaucoma. They specialize in removing embedded foreign bodies from the eye, diagnosing and treating red eye problems, dry eye syndrome, infections, injuries, inflammations, allergies and all forms of medical eye problems.
They also specialize in children’s vision care which includes diagnosis and management of binocular vision disorders, such as strabismus (eye turn or crossing) an amblyopia (lazy eye.) Furthermore, eye doctors diagnose and manage diabetic eye disease, macular degeneration and retinal disorders. They also perform pre and post-operative services for patients who desire laser vision correction, cataract surgery and premium intraocular lens implants.
Our doctors also perform contact lens evaluations for all types of contact lenses for simple vision correction and fit specialty lenses for patient suffering from keratoconus, corneal dystrophies and patients that have had corneal transplants.
Ophthalmologists are surgical eye specialists, so most of their training and concentration in practice is on surgical techniques. Optometrists co-manage surgical cases with ophthalmologists, and we will refer you to one if surgery is indicated.