What does a Doctor of Optometry do?

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

Optometrists Are Trained To:

  • Prescribe glasses & contact lenses
  • Remove ocular foreign bodies
  • Perform pre- & post-operative care
  • Perform minor surgical & laser procedures
  • Provide care for patients of all ages starting at birth
  • Prescribe oral and topical medication to treat eye diseases
  • Diagnose over 250 systemic conditions through eye exams
  • 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 18 hours of continuing education each year
  • Board Certification accredited by NCCA is available