Friday, March 22, 2013

Optometrists and ophthalmologists, oh my!

Ever wonder what the difference is or which one you should be seeing and when?  If so you are not alone, we are frequently asked this question!

So maybe you understand that both optometrists and ophthalmologists specialize in caring for your eyes but beyond that, you are a little unsure of the distinction that sets their services apart?  Well, in many cases they have a great deal in common but perhaps the biggest distinction between the two is that ophthalmologists are trained to perform surgery and often specialize in diagnosing more complex medical conditions of the eye.  While your optometrists is not trained to perform surgery and will often work together with an ophthalmologists to rule out or confirm more complex diagnosis, you might like to know they are trained and qualified to offer you much more than just routine eye care if needed. In fact most optometrists are proud to offer their services to diagnose and treat conditions that affect your vision as well as the health and comfort of your eyes. 

Complete Family Eyecare currently has three Optometrists; Dr. Lori Gray, Dr. Vishal Patel and Dr. Jennifer Zerfass, each of which works closely with many ophthalmologists in our surrounding area when necessary to ensure our patients receive the highest quality of care possible.  If one of our doctors happens to detect a disorder or condition that requires a specialist or surgery, you or your loved one can rest assure you will be referred to the appropriate doctor, our staff will help schedule an appointment in a timely fashion and a report of our findings will be drafted and sent out prior to your scheduled appointment.  If it is determined that your condition requires surgery, our doctors are trained and happy to offer you pre and post surgical care as necessary. 

Check out Doctors of Optometry and their Education from the American Optometric Association website to learn more!

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