Doctors of Optometry (O.D.s/Optometrists) are the independent primary health care professionals for the eye. Optometrists examine, diagnose, treat and manage diseases injuries and disorders of the visual system, the eye and associated structures as well as identify related systemic conditions affecting the eye. They can prescribe glasses and contacts and treat medical conditions of the eye with eye drops and oral medications. They are not licensed to perform eye surgery.
An optometrist has completed pre-professional undergraduate education in a college or university and four years of professional education at a college of optometry, leading to the Doctor of Optometry (O.D.) degree. Optometrists receive a general medical education with an emphasis on the eye and the visual system. In addition, they receive extensive training in optics, binocular vision and contact lens design and function. Some optometrists complete an optional residency in a specific area of practice.
Doctors of Optometry provide primary care of the eye for all ages. This includes medications for a variety of eye related diseases, and urgent care for those unexpected eye related problems and injuries. Specialty area of practice include low vision rehabilitation and specialty contact lenses for controlling myopia.
Optometrists counsel patients regarding expectations for outcomes, risks, and potential complications for surgical and non-surgical treatment options. Optometrists provided pre-and post-op care for their patients who choose surgical options. Matching visual needs related to occupations, avocations and lifestyle of a patent with expected outcomes is critical for any patient considering elective eye surgery. Optometrists at Premier Medical are well-equipped to help patients navigate the decision-making process that sets them up for expected surgical outcomes.
Optometrist work closely with other medical professionals to assure comprehensive and coordinated care for patients with systemic diseases, such as diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, arthritis patients taking high risk medications, and connective tissue diseases.
Same day appointments may be available.
Optometry services include:
- Adult/Pediatric Eye Exams
- Teens and Young Adults
- Advanced Technology
- Urgent Care
- Corneal Shaping
- Dry Eye Treatment
- All about the EYE
- Eye Conditions
- Refractive Error
- Myopia Control Clinic