What Is an Optometrist?

An optometrist is a doctor of optometry (OD) who specializes in the primary and medical care of your eyes and visual system.

In general, optometrists complete 4 years of undergrad and 4 years of optometry school.

In addition, many optometrists do an optional 1 – 2 year residency or fellowship. Add it up and that’s a minimum of 8 – 10 years of education after high school.

What Is An Optometrist?

Optometrists manage most diseases of the eye, prescribe you glasses and contact lenses, evaluate how your eyes work together, and assist you with visual impairments all so you can live your life to the fullest.

The scope of medical care that can be provided by an optometrist varies in each state (due to state law). With this in mind, optometrists are trained on virtually all aspects of the eye and visual system.

It’s easiest to think of them as your primary eye doctors.

For example, if you had red, irritated eyes or were looking to be fit with contact lenses, you could see an optometrist.

*This description fits true for optometrists in the United States and may vary from country to country. Click here to learn more about what optometrists do!

**Looking for information on primary eye surgeons (ophthalmologists)? Read this post. 

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Rachael Wruble, O.D., F.A.A.O.
Dr. Wruble sees the eye as a piece of the puzzle – interconnected to the rest of the body. So a problem with the eye can be a result of a problem with the body. She wanted to be a part of a practice where exams are not just about the eye, but a part of the comprehensive care of the entire patient. Establishing a personal relationship with her patients is also important to her. Her optometric areas of interest have focused on ocular disease, specialty contact lenses, and low vision. Her advanced training in these areas includes: Specialty Contact Lens Seminar – The Vision Care Institute, LLC Optometric Glaucoma Society Residents Symposium – Optometric Glaucoma Society Fluorescein Angiography Course – NC State Optometric Society Paragon CRT for Corneal Refractive Therapy Certification Areas of Expertise Advanced residency training at Salisbury VA Medical Center focused on: Ocular Disease – Glaucoma, Macular degeneration, Diabetes Specialty Contact Lenses – Keratoconus, Trauma, Advanced prescriptions Advanced Low Vision Exams Education Ferris State University, Michigan College of Optometry W. G. (Bill) Hefner Veterans Affairs Medical Center (Residency) Languages Spoken English Professional Memberships American Optometric Association American Academy of Optometry Piedmont Optometric Society Women of Vision Gastonia East Rotarian Awards and Publications 2012 America's Top Optometrist 2012 Most Influential Women Rising Star Optometrist Michigan College of Optometry and National Dean’s List Michigan College of Optometry: Senior Research Award in Clinical Optometric Science ASCO Student Award in Clinical Ethics Junior Jaycee Member of Gaston County 2012 Leadership Gaston Alum and Current Board Advisor Gaston Family Health Services Volunteer Optometrist

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