What’s the Difference between an Optometrist and an Ophthalmologist?

Optometrists are Doctors of Optometry (ODs). They examine eyes for both vision and health problems, prescribe glasses, and fit contact lenses. They can also prescribe many ophthalmic medications and often participate in your pre- and postoperative care in the event you have eye surgery. ODs must complete four years of post-graduate optometry school for their doctorate.

Ophthalmologists are medical doctors (MD) who specialize in the eye. Ophthalmologists treat disease, prescribe medication, perform surgery and administer eye exams. They can write prescriptions for medication and for eyeglasses and contact lenses.

Why are eye exams important?

Comprehensive eye exams are important at whatever age or overall health. Regular eye exams can provide early detection of vision problems, eye diseases, and other general health related problems before they become an issue. Based on the results of your comprehensive eye exam, your Optometrist will determine a treatment plan (if needed) for your eye health needs.

I have perfect or “20/20” vision. Do I still need to have a regular eye exam?

Absolutely! Many eye diseases or disorders have nothing to do with your general vision, and are asymptomatic. It is best to detect any condition and initiate treatment as early as possible to avoid or minimize visual impairment.

What are vision screenings?

Vision screenings are limited eye tests that help identify people who are at risk for vision problems. These are the brief vision tests performed by the school nurse, a pediatrician, and other health care providers but are not fully trained to do this. They can miss important vision problems that require treatment; for a complete and comprehensive eye exam, you need an Optometrist.

What are the benefits of Contact Lenses?

Vision Care Coventry offers a wealth of experience in the field and can guide you through the variety of lenses available to find you a type to suit your needs. The technology used to manufacture contact lens has advanced dramatically, making them incredibly easy to use and comfortable to wear. Some contact lenses are even designed for extended use making them suitable for overnight wear.

What’s involved in a Contact Lens Exam?

In an initial exam, Doctors Brown and Prytula will examine your eyes to determine if you can wear contact lenses. Your prescription and the curvature of your eye are measured and any special needs you may have will be discussed. The doctor will then determine the type of contact lenses that best fit your eyes and prescription, while ensuring that your eyes remain healthy with the lenses.

What are the side effects of pupil dilation?

Most people experience few side effects other than blurry vision and a sensitivity to light for a few hours after their eyes have been dilated. You may not be able to do any close work that requires eye coordination (such as reading or sewing) for a few hours after dilation. Dilation is a very safe procedure and with the right preparation you should experience little inconvenience or discomfort.