What is the difference between an Ophthalmologist and an Optometrist? Does it matter who I see?

This is a great question and one that we are asked often. Ophthalmologists and optometrists are two different types of eye care providers and both are committed to helping you maintain healthy eyes and excellent vision. There are some important differences you should be aware of that may help you to decide which type of provider is best for your needs.     Ophthalmologists are medical doctors (M.D.) who complete 4 years of undergraduate training to obtain a bachelor’s degree followed by the same 4 years of medical school that all medical doctors complete prior to obtaining their M.D. degree. They then go on to complete a 1 year medical/surgical internship (usually in a major medical center) where they work alongside a variety of other interns to provide inpatient and outpatient care to a variety of patients with wide ranging medical conditions. Following internship your op...
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Do I really need an eye exam? What should I expect if I come in for an exam?

Do I really need an eye exam? What should I expect if I come in for an exam? We are so glad you are asking! We are passionate about healthy eyes and our specialists would love to help you out. The simplest answer to the question, “Do I really need an eye exam?”, is that if you’ve never had one before or haven’t had one in the last few years then it is certainly important to stop in for one. Depending on your overall health and any pre-existing eye conditions, it might actually be recommended that you come in for an exam on a yearly basis or in some cases every 3-4 months. Not only is eye health important so that you can see clearly for a lifetime but your eye care provider is often able to provide unique insight into other potential medical issues that may be initially discovered during an eye exam.  Here are some general guidelines to help you determine how often your eyes should be examined if you have no risk factors for eye disease (such as diabetes).
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