Frequently Asked Questions
What is an Ophthalmologist?
Ophthalmology is the specialty of medicine devoted to the diagnosis and treatment of eye disorders. Following college, ophthalmologists complete four years of general training in medical school before receiving their Doctor of Medicine or M.D. This is followed by four or more years of internship and specialty training in eye diseases and surgery. Although they specialize in eye disorders, they are also familiar with other general diseases and medications which can affect your vision.
Ophthalmologists, like optometrists, perform eye examinations and prescribe glasses and contact lenses. However, only ophthalmologists are medical doctors who have been trained in the use of medications, lasers, and surgery for the diagnosis and treatment of all eye diseases. Each of our ophthalmologists is board certified and belongs to the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
What is an Optometrist?
Optometrists do not attend medical school, but complete four years of Optometry graduate school, receiving the degree of Doctor of Optometry, or O.D.. They are qualified to examine the eye as well as to prescribe eye glasses, contact lenses and low vision aids. In 1996 California legislation allowed optometrists to prescribe medication for a limited number of eye problems.
What is an Optician?
Opticians are specially trained personnel who are qualified to fit, adjust and dispense eye glasses. They can also guide you in making the right selection of lens type for your needs.
What is a refraction?
A refraction is the examination to determine the prescription for eyeglasses.