Eye Health

What is an Optometrist?
An expert in vision and eye health care


OPTOMETRISTS ARE TRAINED TO:

·         Provide care for patients of all ages starting at birth
·         Diagnose systemic conditions through eye exams
·         Prescribe oral and topical medication to treat eye diseases
·         Perform pre- & post-operative care
·         Remove superficial ocular foreign bodies
·         Prescribe glasses & contact lenses
·         Provide low vision care & vision therapy  

OPTOMETRISTS PROVIDE CARE FOR:

·         Age-related macular degeneration
·         Diabetic retinopathy
·         Vision conditions
·         Retinal disorders
·         Eye infections
·         Glaucoma
·         Cataracts
·         Eyelid disorders         

OPTOMETRIC EDUCATION:   

·         Four-year undergraduate program - bachelor's degree
·         Four-year doctoral program - doctor of optometry (O.D.)
·         Internships/Externships during optometric education
·         Residencies to specialize in a specific area of practice
·         Minimum 30 hours of continuing education bi-annually