Frequently Asked Questions
What do we do at an annual eye exam?
Why should I see an Optometrist?
Many people mistakenly believe that an ophthalmologist (M.D) is better for routine eye exams than and optometrist. While there is nothing wrong with seeing an ophthalmologist just realize that his or her expertise and trainings is for surgery. That is why optomestrists as your primary eye care physician and opthalmologist as your surgeon (if you need one) partnering together make a great team and provide you with the best eye care treatment.
An Optometrist is trained at an accredited four year Optometry school after completing a four year undergraduate degree. Generally Optometry School consists of two years of anatomy and physiology of the entire body, the same course work as M.D.’s. During the first two years students also take classes specifically about the eyes and then in the final two years training is 90% focused on the eyes. Throughout Optometry School students take rigorous board certifications examinations and then take a final board certification on the state level upon which they want to practice.
Another reason to see an optometrist is that they charge less than if you go to an opthalmologist whether you are paying out of pocket or through insurance. That means not only are you getting the best care for your eyes, but it is the best value.