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What is an Optometrist?

Optometrist
Optometrists 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. Optometrists are an integral part of the health care team.

Optometrists prescribe and/or provide eyeglasses, contact lenses, low vision aids and vision therapy. There are those Optometrists with diagnostics and therapeutic privileges and can prescribe medications to treat eye diseases. Optometrists also do testing to determine the patient's ability to focus and coordinate the eye, judge depth perception, and see colors accurately.