Doctors of optometry are independent primary health care
providers who examine, diagnose, treat and manage diseases and disorders
of the visual system, the eye and associated structures as well
as diagnose related systemic conditions.
They examine the internal structure of the eyes to diagnose
eye diseases like glaucoma, cataracts and retinal disorders, systemic
diseases like hypertension and diabetes, and vision conditions like
nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatish and presbyophia. optometrists
also do testing to determine the patients ability to focus and coordinate
the eyes and to judge depth and see colors accurately.
prescribe eyeglasses and contact lenses , low vision aids, vision
therapy and medications to treat eye diseases.
primary eye care providers, optometrists are an integral part of
the health care team and an entry point into the health care system.
They are skilled in the co-management of care that affects the eye
health and vision of their patients and an excellent source of referral
to other health care professionals.