June 19, 2019
Last time you looked for an eye doctor, did you just search for “an eye doctor near me” in a search engine? You may not want to settle for the first person who pops up in your online search results. Here are some questions to consider before you choose an eye doctor:
If you have vision insurance, your plan may not cover all the eye doctors near you. Instead of using Google or Bing to find a convenient clinic, go to your insurance company’s website and search “an eye doctor near me” with their online search tool.
There are two types of eye doctors: optometrists and ophthalmologists. Optometrists are eye doctors that have a degree called Doctor of Optometry (OD). An optometrist usually completes a four-year college degree program in the sciences, plus four years of post-graduate professional training in optometry school. They are also required to take continuing education courses to maintain their license. They focus on the detection, treatment, and management of eye diseases.
A board-certified ophthalmologist has completed their medical residency and is legally allowed to accept patients. If you are considering a specific ophthalmologist, you can check with the American Board of Ophthalmology to be sure he or she is certified.
If you need to see an eye doctor because you have a specific condition, it’s important to find a specialist in the appropriate area. Here are some examples:
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