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What do optometrists (OD) do?

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Optometrists are medical professionals who focus on vision care and fitting for glasses and contacts. They are not doctors. They do all of the following:

�Perform eye exams

�Treat conditions like nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism

�Prescribe and fit eyeglasses and contact lenses

�Provide low-vision aids and vision therapy

�Diagnose eye conditions like glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and conjunctivitis

�Prescribe medications for certain eye conditions (in some states)

�Help with pre- or post-operative care for people who need surgery

Optometrists and ophthalmologists may work together to take care of you.

SOURCES:

American Academy of Ophthalmology Medical Library (Medem): "Eye Care Facts and Myths: A Closer Look."

Cleveland Clinic: "Eye Care Specialists."

Prevent Blindness America: "Who's Who in Eye Care."

Horizon BCBSNJ: "Making Healthcare Work: Glossary."

Vision Channel: "What Is an Optometrist?"

All About Vision: "Find an Eye Doctor - Optometrist or M.D."

All Allied Health Schools: "Become an Optician: Optician Jobs, Optician Schools."

About.Com: "Finding the Right Eye Doctor."

American Academy of Ophthalmology: "eyeSmart: Know Your Eyecare Team."

Prevent Blindness America: "Who's Who in Eyecare?"

Reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy on February 11, 2019

SOURCES:

American Academy of Ophthalmology Medical Library (Medem): "Eye Care Facts and Myths: A Closer Look."

Cleveland Clinic: "Eye Care Specialists."

Prevent Blindness America: "Who's Who in Eye Care."

Horizon BCBSNJ: "Making Healthcare Work: Glossary."

Vision Channel: "What Is an Optometrist?"

All About Vision: "Find an Eye Doctor - Optometrist or M.D."

All Allied Health Schools: "Become an Optician: Optician Jobs, Optician Schools."

About.Com: "Finding the Right Eye Doctor."

American Academy of Ophthalmology: "eyeSmart: Know Your Eyecare Team."

Prevent Blindness America: "Who's Who in Eyecare?"

Reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy on February 11, 2019

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