Find An Eye Doctor Locally

By Terry Lamb

Find an eye doctor that fits your needs. Before choosing the eye doctor that you want to visit, it is important to take a number of things into consideration. Many of us go to the one that have been recommended by friends and family. We assume that if they are well enough for ones we love, they must be well enough for us. But that may not always be true. What is good for our best friend may not be what is best for us. Do some research and a background check on some of the doctors that you are considering to visit.

Our health insurance may or may not cover the reason for our visits. Find out to make sure what your health insurance will cover. If the reason for your visit is covered, then great! If not, find out how much it will cost you. Regular eye doctor visits are not cheap. It can run you up quite a bit. Make sure it fits your budget.

Do a background check on your doctor. If he/she has any malpractice suits, find out why. You want to limit and/or avoid doctors that have a bad reputation for such things. Find out things where they went to school, how long they have been practicing, etc. Experience is important. You might prefer someone with years or experience over somebody who just graduated.

Our eyes are extremely important organs that we must take care of. Without our eyes, we cannot see. Determine the reason for your visit and determine whether you need to see an ophthalmologist, an optician, or an optometrist. The root word, "opt" means "eye".

If you are experiencing eye complications and are in need of surgery or other medical attention, you will want to go to an ophthalmologist. They are MD's and specialize in eye disease, surgery, medications, etc. For serious complications concerning the eye, you will want to see an ophthalmologist.

To get fitted for eye glasses, corrective contact lenses, or prescription sunglasses, you are going to want to visit the optician. An optician may work along side an optometrist during an eye exam. They specialize in fitting corrective wear. However, they are not "doctors".

Optometrists are not MD's either. They are the ones to visit for getting prescribed for corrective lenses or eye glasses. You will want to visit one regularly if you wear corrective lenses or eye glasses. Your vision should be checked regularly along with an overall exam to examine the condition of your eyes (once a year for contact lens wearers and every two years for eye glass wearers). If there are any problems with your eyes, the optometrist will detect it and refer you to an ophthalmologist. And the ophthalmologist will then take care of things from there.

We should have our eyes checked regularly to make sure there are no problems. Contact wearers and eye glass wearers should get their vision checked regularly as well. With age, our vision can change. It is important that we have our corrective lenses are up to date and that we check to make sure that the conditions of our eyes are good. - 30540

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