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What types of problems can be detected during a vision exam?

What types of care do optometrists provide? 


  • Doctors of optometry (ODs) provide primary eye care services including the examination, diagnosis, treatment and management of diseases and disorders of the visual system. ODs in every state perform minor surgical procedures. They prescribe medication to treat eye diseases, treat glaucoma, perform pre- and post-operative evaluations and perform follow-up care.

  • Optometrists evaluate vision acuity (refraction), prescribe and dispense corrective lenses or contacts, conduct testing to determine a patient’s ability to focus, and coordinate the eyes to judge depth and see colors accurately. ODs also provide vision therapy and low vision rehabilitation services.


The importance of optometry and eye and vision health in health care reform

  • Through a comprehensive eye exam, optometrists can gain insight into a person’s overall health as well as determine eye and vision health.
    • In fact, some systemic and chronic diseases can be detected with an eye exam, such as diabetes, hypertension and thyroid problems. And some diseases, like diabetes, can seriously affect your vision in addition to your overall health. Other eye diseases, like glaucoma, may cause vision damage and eventually blindness without a person ever experiencing any symptoms.

The doctor-reviewed and doctor-approved information presented is provided by the American Optometric Association (AOA). If you are experiencing any vision or eye problems or have concerns about your eye and/or vision health, please consult a licensed eye-care provider.

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