Are You Seeing the Right Eye Care Provider?

If you’ve been thinking of getting your eyes checked by an eye care provider, you may be confused which eye doctor in Alaska to visit. Should you choose the eye specialist which calls himself an ophthalmologist? Or would you rather see the optometrist whose clinic is just a few minutes away from your home? Learn which eye doctor to set up an appointment with below!

Meet the Ophthalmologist

By and large, an ophthalmologist specializes in eye health and vision care. They are actually medical doctors who have finished medical school, has undergone approximately 8 years of medical training, and licensed to practice medicine and/or perform eye surgery.

Furthermore, an ophthalmologist can diagnose eye conditions and prescribe treatments — from medications to prescribing eyeglasses or contact lenses.  There are also a good number of ophthalmologists involved in scientific researchers concerning the detection and treatment of vision disorders.

In some cases, an ophthalmologist can have a subspecialty. They are often referred to as subspecialists. Subspecialties can refer to specialty of a certain eye problem or surgical technique. Examples of subspecialities include glaucoma, cataract, pediatrics, corneal surgery and plastic surgery.

Meet the Optometrist

Unlike the ophthalmologist, an optometrist is not a medical doctor. However, optometrists also attend 4 years of optometry school after at least 3 or more years in college. They are also required to acquire licenses in practicing their craft.

An optometrist can do sight testing, eye examinations, and prescription of eyeglasses or spectacles for those who need them. They can also help detect the presence of an eye condition and refer patients to an ophthalmologist for further evaluation. Every so often, optometrists can work hand in hand with an ophthalmologist in individuals with chronic eye conditions.

Meet the Optician

On the other hand, an optician creates, designs, fits, and verifies prescription of frames, lenses, and contact lenses. They do not test vision nor write prescriptions to correct vision. They are also not permitted to treat eye diseases nor diagnose vision problems.

Your Complete Eye Care Health Team in Alaska

The Mountain View Medical Center is manned by ophthalmologists, optometrists, and opticians! We offer a state-of-the art medical center with a warm friendly staff working together to care for our patients. We understand how important visual performance and eye health are for a person’s quality of life, and we strive for excellence in providing complete eye care needs.

Get in touch with us today by calling (907) 328-2920 or by filling out this contact form! We look forward to your visit!

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