There’s little we hold as near and dear as our sight. After all, it’s through these amazing organs that we can navigate the world and go about our daily life. That’s why it’s good to know that Ophthalmology at The Portland Clinic is second to none, treating everything from routine vision problems to eye injuries and eye diseases. An Ophthalmologist is a medical doctor who screens, diagnoses, and who treats eye conditions and diseases. From prescribing glasses prescriptions to performing necessary surgeries, our comprehensive eye care team will manage your eye care as if your eyes were their own. No matter what your eye problem might be, it’s our vision is to give you the best eyesight possible.
Eye Care Professionals – The Portland Clinic offers a comprehensive team of eye care professionals.
Ophthalmologist (MD or DO)
An ophthalmologist — An Eye M.D. or D.O. — is a medical or osteopathic doctor who specializes in eye and vision care. Ophthalmologists differ from optometrists and opticians in their levels of training and in what they can diagnose and treat. As a medical doctor who has completed college and at least eight years of additional medical training, an ophthalmologist is licensed to practice medicine and surgery. An ophthalmologist diagnoses and treats all eye diseases, performs eye surgery and prescribes and fits eyeglasses and contact lenses to correct vision problems.
While ophthalmologists are trained to care for all eye problems and conditions, some Eye M.D.s specialize in a specific medical or surgical eye care. This person is called a subspecialist. He or she usually completes one or two years of additional, more in-depth training called a fellowship in one of the main subspecialty areas such as glaucoma, retina, cornea, pediatrics, neurology and plastic surgery, as well as others. This added training and knowledge prepares an ophthalmologist take care of more complex or specific conditions in certain areas of the eye.
Optometrists are healthcare professionals who provide primary vision care ranging from sight testing and correction to the diagnosis, treatment, and management of vision changes. An optometrist is not a medical doctor. An optometrist receives a doctor of optometry (OD) degree after completing four years of optometry school, preceded by three years or more years of college. They are licensed to practice optometry, which primarily involves performing eye exams and vision tests, prescribing and dispensing corrective lenses, detecting certain eye abnormalities, and prescribing medications for certain eye diseases.
Opticians are technicians trained to design, verify and fit eyeglass lenses and frames, contact lenses, and other devices to correct eyesight. They use prescriptions supplied by ophthalmologists, who are medical doctors or optometrists, but do not test vision or write prescriptions for visual correction. Opticians are not permitted to diagnose or treat eye diseases.
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