Optometrists provide comprehensive eye exams and care ranging from prescribing eyewear to treating eye conditions and diseases. When necessary, your optometrist will refer you to another eye specialist for treatment of specific conditions or diseases. For example, if your optometrist detects cataracts in your eyes, he will refer you to a cataract surgeon for further evaluation and treatment.
Optometrist Brian Knieriem, OD, discusses
who should get exams and how frequently.
Getting an annual or bi-annual examination by an optometrist or ophthalmologist is the main prevention for eye disease. You’ll be checked for visual acuity by reading letters or numbers on a wall. Next, you’ll receive dilation and a complete eye exam for diseases like cataracts, glaucoma or macular degeneration.
You can also protect your eyes throughout the year by:
- Eating foods with antioxidants and Omega 3 fatty acids
- Wearing sunglasses to protect eyes from UV rays
- Protecting eyes with goggles during tasks or jobs that may endanger eyes
With Scott & White's multidisciplinary approach, patients at the Eye Institute will not only receive comprehensive eye care but will also gain access to Scott & White's healthcare team. Through our electronic medical system, our providers can easily communicate and coordinate a patient's care spanning over multiple specialties, from ophthalmology to endocrinology.