Though most of our patients know that they can trust us with a myriad of eye diseases and vision problems, there are many who aren't aware of our full scope of services. Though optometrists have historically been focused solely on correcting vision, the field has changed dramatically in the last 30 years. The 4 year graduate education now focuses primarily on the treatment and management of ocular diseases. Think of your optometrist like the GP of your eyes, we can handle almost anything that comes into the office except for surgery. When you need an eye surgeon, we will be happy to refer you to one of the terrific ophthalmologists we work with.
The diseases we see most often and treat regularly are:
Glaucoma (Dr. Schott's passion)
Dry Eye Disease
Viral and Bacterial Eye infections (including Herpes Simplex and Herpes Zoster)
Infections from contact lens wear
Hordeolums or "Styes"
Recurrent Corneal Erosions
Corneal Foreign Bodies
We can also tell you if its time for cataract surgery, if you have damage in your eyes from Diabetes or Hypertension. We also diagnose macular diseases such as macular degeneration as well as diseases developing from the use of systemic medications such as plaquenil.
Call us at 407-647-2020 to schedule a check up if you have any of the above concerns or if you are just looking for a routine examination.
The terms optician, optometrist, and ophthalmologist are easy to confuse. Your optician is the trained professional who will help measure, fit, adjust, and craft your spectacles. The optometrist is the primary eye physician, handling most of your eyecare and vision needs such as the treatment of dry eyes, glaucoma, and monitoring the overall ocular health as well as fitting contact lenses and correcting your vision with glasses. The ophthalmologist is the tertiary specialist, a medical physician who has completed a residency and typically specializes in a particular form of ocular surgery, such as cornea, glaucoma, cataract, LASIK, retinal, etc.
For most of your eye care needs, a trained optometrist can handle most non-surgical eye matters in their office. This can include the treatment of glaucoma, a diabetic eye exam, dry eye, as well as many other ocular diseases. Once the problem requires a surgical fix, we typically refer to the proper ophthalmologist to correct or manage the ocular issue. Your optometrist knows most of the specialists in the area, so if you ever have a question about your eyes, skip your general doctor and start with your optometrist. If your optometrist can't fix the issue, they can refer you to the correct ophthalmologist who can.
We work with many fantastic local ophthalmologists and refer to those we trust who will care for you like you deserve. If you are in need of a surgical referral, don't hesitate to call us at 407-647-2020 and we will be glad to guide you in the right direction.