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Do you know what the difference between an Optometrist and an Ophthalmologists is? As we are experts in the eye and vision care industry, these terms come second nature to us. However, we would be remiss if we didn’t pass down this knowledge to our patients, community and friends.

Therefore, here’s the simplified version of the type of care one can provide as compared to the other.

Our own Dr. Wise is an Ophthalmologist. As one of his current (or potential) patients, what does this mean for you?

As an Ophthalmologist, Dr. Wise attended Medical School and then went on to a one-year internship and was then placed for residency.

The type of eye care Dr. Wise can provide is comprehensive, or what we like to call, “Total.”

This includes eye exams; care of medical conditions such as chemical burns, iritis and glaucoma. Additionally, Dr. Wise can perform surgery to correct conditions caused by eye trauma, glaucoma, cataracts, and other issues. He also has the ability to diagnosis and treat vision-deterioration conditions related to arthritis and diabetes.

An Optometrist, conversely, did not attend Medical School but practice as medical professionals. After college, they spent additional time in a program and received a degree in Optometry. However, some do opt to take additional clinical training.

Optometrists’ main focus is to provide regular vision care and have the ability to prescribe contact lenses and glasses.

They can treat astigmatism, as well as far-and-nearsightedness – as well as diagnosing conditions such as conjunctivitis, diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration.

At Wise Family Eye, we are pleased to be provide the comprehensive and complete vision care you and your family seek.


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