Optometry is a medical field that focuses on eye-related health. Optometrists provide eye and vision care to patients. Unlike ophthalmologists, optometrists specialize in providing routine eye exams, vision services and diagnosis rather than surgical eye care. Optometry utilizes several methods to evaluate the eye-health of a patient, including electro diagnostic procedures, ocular photography, disease detection, and auto perimetry, in addition to various forms of vision therapy.
Optometrists can diagnose a wide range of eye-related conditions, including dry eye syndrome, diabetic eye disease, retinal detachment, glaucoma, farsightedness and nearsightedness, low-vision, blindness, and injuries, in addition to several disorders of the eye. An optometry practice can provide vision care prescriptions to patients for eyeglasses and/or contact lenses, depending on the needs of each particular patient, as well as eye care medication. While optometrists are licensed in vision care, they are not qualified to perform eye surgery on a patient, which is instead the responsibility of ophthalmologists. They are, however, able to evaluate the condition and provide care for the patient before or after an eye-related surgery.
It is required that those practicing within the field of optometry be licensed by the state after completing several years of education and training. Such experts may be involved in an optometry-related lawsuit, which may entail issues with treatment, medical malpractice, and insurance, as well as other unforeseen incidents taking place within the field.
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