You rely on your eyes to get you through each day. If a time comes when you start to notice that fine print or street signs are no longer easy to read, you know it’s time to see the eye doctor. In most cases, people recognize the person who helps them with their prescription lenses as that eye doctor. But there is another level of care that may be needed at some point. Knowing whom to see for what is an important aspect of getting the right care.
Optometrist and Ophthalmologist: How they Differ
Both optometrists and ophthalmologists care for the eyes, and each type of eye doctor completes a significant amount of training to perform treatments to meet their objectives in patient care. So why two designations, and who do you see for what?
An optometrist is a healthcare professional who is interested in assessing and treating primarily vision-related problems. If you need a routine eye exam to see if you need glasses, you might see one of the experienced optometrists at Aloha Eye Clinic. Educational programs for a Doctor of Optometry includes four years of post-graduate training after obtaining a four-year science degree.
An ophthalmologist can perform routine care and more. If you are experiencing flashes or floaters or clouded vision, you would see one of our ophthalmologists for comprehensive diagnostics and treatment, if needed. The training that an ophthalmologist has includes the same four years of undergraduate education, including additional medical school education to obtain an MD. Medical doctors also must complete internship and residency programs in an ophthalmology department at a hospital. Medical school and post-graduate training center around the wide variety of eye diseases that exist and the medical and surgical treatments for those conditions.
We are pleased to provide the full spectrum of vision and eye care to patients of our Wailuku and Kihei offices. Aloha Eye Clinic has a wonderful staff of optometrists, ophthalmologists, and support personnel that is dedicated to personal, friendly service. Contact us to discuss your needs, and we will schedule an appointment for you with the appropriate provider.