There’s little we hold as dear as our sight. Our eyes help us navigate the world, so it’s important for us to keep an eye on them, through regular eye exams and prompt attention to vision changes. As your partners in eye health, The Portland Clinic’s team of ophthalmologists, optometrists and opticians offers comprehensive expertise to check, protect and correct your vision.
OUR EYE-CARE PROFESSIONALS
Ophthalmologists (MD or DO)
Ophthalmologists are medical doctors (MDs) or doctors of osteopathic medicine (DOs) who provide complete eye and vision care. They have extensive training (see chart, above) and are licensed to diagnose and treat all eye conditions, to perform eye surgery, and to prescribe and fit corrective lenses. Some of our ophthalmologists also have added fellowship training in specific subspecialty areas, such as corneal diseases.
Optometrists are primary care providers for the eyes, providing routine eye care and preventive screenings. They are not medical doctors, but go through four years of training to earn a doctor of optometry (OD) degree. Optometrists are licensed to perform vision tests and eye exams, to detect problems with the eyes, to treat and manage vision changes, and to prescribe corrective lenses and certain eye medications.
Opticians are the technicians who provide your eyeglasses and contacts, following a prescription written by your ophthalmologist or optometrist. They are experts in helping you select the right glasses and frames for your specific needs and preferences, and can also adjust and repair glasses and frames. Opticians don’t test vision, write prescriptions, diagnose problems or treat eye diseases.
PROCEDURES/SERVICES (including, but not limited to)
We accept most insurance plans.