Prepare for your eye exam and cut costs

Prepare for your eye exam and cut costs

Many vision threatening conditions have no early warning signs – making regular eye exams very important. But costs for eye exams, eyeglasses, and contact lenses can add up. Make sure your research your eye care options before shelling out the big bucks.

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Cameo Harvey, O.D.

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Although "Richard" didn't specify, I assume he is an MDeity to have such a slanted and unfavorable view on optometrists who are obviously seen as his competitors. You can clearly see his motivation in disparaging them. State laws vary on what optometrists are allowed to do, so it is impossible to make a blanket statement about what they can or can not do. The most progressive states allow optometrists to perform certain laser surgeries. Most allow optometrists to treat eye infections, remove foreign bodies and treat glaucoma. Optometry schools have to train to the highest level state since optometrists can move to any state upon graduation. Therefore, optometrists are usually trained to a higher level than their state allows them to practice! Many states consider optometrists to be physicians in their state laws. Many insurance companies consider optometrists to be physicians as well. Optometrists can also specialize and this requires more than 4 years of post college education. A good portion of ophthalmologist education concentrates on the surgery aspect (cataract, etc). Most ophthalmologists do not do their own refractions (determining a glasses prescription). They allow their techs to do that. They concentrate on the higher paying surgeries. Also, Board Certification is only a term that gets you hospital privileges. If you are not Board Certified it does not mean you are not a competent and qualified doctor. If that were the case any training necessary for Board Certification should have been done in medical school. Unless medical schools are turning out unqualified doctors on the unsuspecting public until those doctors choose to become "Board Certified"! Regardless, optometrists can now become "Board Certified" in some states, so again your information is outdated and myopic. Kindly refrain from misleading the American public just to further your agenda.

DrChrisB

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Richard: I think you meant that optometrists can't get hospital privileges (presumably because they are not physicians), but you said ophthalmologists. Secondly, you state that ophthalmologist needs minimum of 9 years of education after college- which seems like a huge amount. This would probably be true for someone who majored in English in college and went in with no science background. University of Miami used to have an MD program that took two years to complete if the entrant had a PhD in science or engineering upon admission. I knew such an ophthalmologist -since retired - and he was very good! Finally, your comparison that an optometrist is simply an apprentice to an ophthalmologist is simply wrong. They both do different things, and I know some optometrists who deal with extremely complicated cases involving dry eye that ophthalmologists had given up on... Other than the above, I think you're ok...

Chris

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The narrator incorrectly implies that an optometrist is a physician. This is not true.

Richard

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There is a huge difference between an optometrist (O.D.) and an ophthalmologist. Example: O.D.s training post college is 4 years. M.D.s training post college is 9 years and sometimes more for subspecialists. There is NO optometric board certification. Most ophthalmologists cannot get hospital privileges unless they are board certified. I always say: An O.D. is to an ophthalmologist as a legal assistant is to a lawyer (somehow this gets the message across.

Leon A. Reid III, M. D.

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Good advice. I would also encourage any patient with Diabetes to see their eye doctor once a year, in order to monitor for Diabetic Retinopathy.

Chris

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The narrator incorrectly implies that an optometrist is a physician. This is not true.

Mark Sibley,M.D.

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Great job.Glad to have helped.This will be very helpful for your viewers.

Kathleen Busby, O.D.

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As the OD who is featured in the above video, I would like to say that this video was filmed 6 months before the MD vs OD article was published. This video is in no way related to the article, and I do not endorse the article. I have a great relationship with all my patients and the MDs to whom I refer patients.

Dr K OD

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Jacqueline White, you are wrong. An optometrist has a doctorate degree in optometry in addition to a bachelor's degree. We also take several national board exams before graduation. I also took a state board exam.

Sheryl

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I think people need to get their facts straight. An optometrist has to have a Bachelor's degree first, then four years of Optometry school. Most schools require internships. Also, some optometrist get extra training in treating diseases. Some states do allow Board Certification. In any profession there are doctors that are exceptional and there are those that do just enough to "get by". Most patients these days are educated enough to tell the difference.

helen provencal

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i need an eye dr in nh that is affliated with frisbee hosopital in nh

helen provencal

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i need a eye dr in nh that does not charge or is affluatged with frisbee hospital in rochester nh thank you

Jacqueline White

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Bottom line is, an opthalmologist is an MD and an optometrist only requires a bachelors degree. That's pretty much in all states.

Reader

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My friend is a plastic surgeon. He once said that in his circles they call ophthalmologists "eye Dentists" Everything is viewed from each person's perspective.

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