We love our optometrists! They are the eye doctors you see whenever you come into our office to get your yearly eye exam. However, they do so much more than simply check your eyes. They are trained to look for symptoms in and around the eyes, but also measure your overall body health. Your eyes are a vital aspect to your health and the main way we interpret the world around us.
An optometrist provides primary vision care, which includes:
- Performing eye exams and vision tests
- Prescribing and dispensing corrective lenses
- Detecting certain eye abnormalities
- Prescribing medications for certain eye diseases
- Counseling patients regarding surgical and non-surgical options that meet their visual needs related to their occupations, symptoms and lifestyle
In order to become a certified optometrist, they must earn a Doctor of Optometry (O.D.), which usually takes four year of additional schooling after a Bachelor’s degree. Optometrists must also obtain a license in each state they want to practice in. (Learn more about Indiana optometry licensing).
What an Optometrist Can Do for You
Eye exams: Think of an eye exam as a physical for your eyes. In an eye exam, the optometrist will conduct a variety of tests to make sure your eyes are healthy and working properly. The most well-known test is probably the visual acuity test, which uses an eye chart. Other tests may include a color blindness test, cover test, retinoscopy, refraction, pupil dilation, and more if needed.
Learn more about eye exams.
Corrective lenses: After the eye exam, it might be determined that you need corrective lenses, such as glasses or contacts. An optometrist will go over your options and will help you pick the best corrective lense solution for you. Your prescription may change over the years, so your optometrist will update your prescription if needed.
Learn more about contact lenses.
Eye diseases: Unfortunately, there are many things that can go wrong with our eyes. Some of these include glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, retinal detachment, histoplasmosis, dry eye, and floaters. An optometrist can diagnose all of these diseases, and provide appropriate treatment.
Learn more about eye diseases.
Optometrists vs. Ophthalmologists and Opticians
Now, just as there are specializations in other fields of medicine (neurology, orthopedics, podiatry, etc.), there are specializations in eye care. If you want to think of an optometrist as a general care doctor for your eyes, an ophthalmologist is a medical doctor who specializes in eye care. They go through more schooling than optometrists in order to be able to do things like write prescriptions and perform surgeries.
An optician is another eye care specialist who can provide glasses and contact lenses, but does not have the training to provide the same services as optometrists or ophthalmologists, such as vision tests, writing prescriptions for eye correction, or diagnose eye diseases.
Our Doctors at Mather Vision Group (Lafayette, IN)
Dr. Mather was born and raised right here in Lafayette, Indiana. He has practiced in the greater Lafayette area since 1981. He is a member of the American Optometric Association and the Indiana Optometric Association. Find out more about his optometry experience on our About Us page.
Dr. Cutler has a diverse background, including working as an electronics technician in the U.S. Navy before attending optometry school. He has experience in eye pathology management and treatment, and works hard to understand a patient’s needs according to their lifestyles.
Both of our doctors strive to provide you with the best eye care possible, and are able to do so with the most advanced eye-care technology available in the greater Lafayette area. Schedule an appointment at Mather Vision today, and see what our optometrists can do for you!
Centrally Located in Lafayette IN to Serve Our Patients
Mather Vision Group is a local eye practice located in Lafayette, Indiana. Contact our office to schedule an eye vision appointment or stop in to see our large variety of eye glass frames at our Lafayette Indiana vision center. You can find us online, on Facebook, and Google+