is a Doctor of Optometry?
of optometry are independent primary health care providers
who examine, diagnose, treat and manage diseases and disorders
of the visual system, the eye and associated structures
as well as diagnose related systemic conditions.
They examine the internal and external structure of the
eyes to diagnose eye diseases like glaucoma, cataracts and
retinal disorders; systemic diseases like hypertension and
diabetes; and vision conditions like nearsightedness, farsightedness,
astigmatism and presbyopia. Optometrists also do testing
to determine the patient's ability to focus and coordinate
the eyes, and to judge depth and see colors accurately.
prescribe eyeglasses and contact lenses, low vision aids,
vision therapy and medicines to treat eye diseases as well
as perform minor emergency procedures.
eye care providers, optometrists are an integral part of
the health care team and an entry point into the health
care system. They are skilled in the co-management of care
that affects the eye health and vision of their patients
and an excellent source of referral to other health care