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Important Optometry Terms

Optometrists are important medical doctors that play a significant role in eye health. Doctors of optometry encourage healthy sight and eye care in children and adults. If you find that you need to use the services of one of these professionals, here is a list of important key terms that you should be familiar with.

  • OD – This stands for oculus doctor, the degree that these professionals attain when they receive their medical license. It is awarded after an intensive 4 year postgraduate degree program. If a physician has OD after his or her name, you know that they have the required education needed to assist you.
  • Opticians – This specialist fills prescriptions for eyeglasses. They do not perform tests, but rather make and dispense eyeglasses and contacts.
  • Phoropter – This is an medical instrument used by optometrists and ophthalmologists to test your vision. It contains multiple lenses used for refraction. This measures the patient’s refractive error and can also determine the prescription that the patient needs. A patient will look through the phoropter at a chart that contains letters. The physician examines the results and uses the patient’s feedback to determine what settings are most helpful.
  • Astigmatism – This is a very common sight disorder in which an unequal refraction of light across causes the patient to see blurry and distorted images.
  • Hyperopia – Known as far-sightedness, this is a condition in which light coming into the line of sight is focused behind the retina. This makes it difficult to focus on close up images. The cornea being flat or being too short often causes this.
  • Myopia – Known as near-sightedness, this condition occurs when any light that comes in is focused short of the retina. Images that are far away appear blurry and distorted. This is a common genetic condition.
    American Optometric Association
    Saint Louis, MO 63141
    Caring for your eyes is a serious matter, so make sure your optometrist is the perfect person to suit your needs. Check our association's directory to find the most referred OD in your local area.
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    Sanford Eye Center and Optical
    1621 S Minnesota Avenue, Sioux Falls, SD 57105
    Dedicated to the work of health and healing. Improving the human condition through exceptional care, innovation and discovery.
    (605) 328-9200
    Southern Hills Eye Care
    4600 Singing Hills Blvd, Sioux City, IA 51106
    Comprehensive computerized eye examination. Specialize in contact Lenses of all types, Glaucoma treatment, Macular Degeneration management, Diabetic exams, and LASIK consults.
    (712) 271-4600
    Stoelting, Wendell Dr PC
    215 W Willow St, Cherokee, IA 51012
    Willow Street Optics and Dr. Wendell Stoelting, P.C. are an experienced team of professionals with the goal of serving you and your family with the finest eye care and eyewear products.
    (712) 225-2161
    Advanced Eyecare PC
    4320 S Minnesota Ave, Sioux Falls, SD 57105
    (605) 331-2020
    Jeffrey J Browen DR
    4320 S Minnesota Ave, Sioux Falls, SD 57105
    (605) 331-2020
    Richard G Barnett
    3825 S Western Ave, Sioux Falls, SD 57105
    (605) 335-7757
    Dennis DR Murschel Optometrist
    1402 W 41st St, Sioux Falls, SD 57105
    (605) 338-1873
    Vision Care Associates
    200 W 37th St, Sioux Falls, SD 57105
    (605) 336-2020
    Tom Faao Billars OD
    200 W 37th St, Sioux Falls, SD 57105
    (605) 336-2020
    Rebecca Franey DR
    4320 S Minnesota Ave, Sioux Falls, SD 57105
    (605) 331-2020
    Teresa Carstensen OD
    1601 W 41st St, Sioux Falls, SD 57105
    (605) 338-3225
    Doug Wallin, OD
    1310 W 22nd St, Sioux Falls, SD 57105
    (877) 522-3937
    Douglas Wallin OD
    1310 W 22nd St, Sioux Falls, SD 57105
    (605) 328-3937
    Barnett Vision Clinic
    3825 S Western Ave, Sioux Falls, SD 57105
    (605) 335-7757
    Vision Care Associates
    208 S Main Ave, Sioux Falls, SD 57104
    (605) 334-5741

    Optometrists, or doctors of optometry (ODs), are doctors that diagnose and treat eye problems and diseases. They can also prescribe glasses and contact lenses for vision problems or even medication for infections. Some specialize in pediatric eye care, but most optometrists offer services for all ages. Optometrists are different from ophthalmologists, which are doctors of medicine (MDs). Optometrists can provide primary eye care, such as exams and diagnoses, but they cannot perform invasive medical or major surgery, such as laser vision correction. Optometrists can treat patients with astigmatisms, cataracts, and glaucoma. Tests can help assess color and depth perception in patients and even target vision problems. A minor surgery may be done in an office by an optometrist. Optometrists can also prescribe and fit people for glasses, and often have a wide range of glasses and contact lenses for sale within their office. Patients can make an appointment to get fitted for glasses, have a vision exam, or choose new contacts. The practice of optometry is nothing new. In fact, it has been a profession for hundreds of years. However, the first optometry schools in the United States were not established until the early 1900s. Regulations regarding practice have evolved over the years, but ODs must obtain a bachelor's degree, then complete special schooling for a license. Some optometrists own their own businesses and offer family care. Others operate within a private clinic. Many have subspecialties, such as vision therapy or pediatric care. Patients looking for a new optometrist or specialist can check with their insurance company for covered doctors or check listings online to find one located in their community.
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