- Is your vision blurry or fuzzy?
- Are you having a hard time reading close up or far away?
- Do your glasses or contacts no longer completely correct your vision problems?
- Are you experiencing eye fatigue, headaches or dry eyes?
- Do you or your family have a history of glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration, diabetes-related eye problems or other eye diseases or problems?
- Has it been more than a year since your last eye exam?
If you answered “yes” to any of the questions above, it is time for you to visit a local Contra Costa County optometrist in Concord, Richmond, Antioch, Walnut Creek and Pittsburg or an area near you.
Optometrists are Doctors of Optometry and can provide eye exams, eye health screenings, care for low vision and vision therapies. Contra Costa County optometrists can also correct patients' vision by prescribing eyeglasses, contact lenses and prescription sunglasses. Many also provide preoperative screenings and post-operative care for patients who have had eye surgery, even though most cannot perform eye surgery themselves.
Understand the Difference Between Optometrists, Ophthalmologists and Opticians
Optometrists are doctors of optometry and can examine eyes for diseases and vision problems, and can fit glasses and contact lenses. They can prescribe medications to treat eye problems and eye diseases, and some optometrists provide pre- and post-operative eye surgery care for patients who are seeing an ophthalmologist for Lasik surgery or other eye surgery.
Ophthalmologists are medical doctors that are licensed to treat eye conditions and eye disease, prescribe medication, perform eye surgery and eye exams. They also write prescriptions for medication, eyeglasses and contact lenses.
Opticians are trained and licensed to fit patients with eyeglasses, sunglasses and contact lenses. While they are not doctors, they use prescriptions written by optometrists and ophthalmologists to help patients see better.
When Should I See an Optometrist?
The type of eye doctor you choose for routine eye exams is less important than personal taste, if you have generally healthy eyes and you aren't looking for specific eye treatments or eye surgery. You'll want to seek out Contra Costa County optometrists that provide the type of care and personal attention you're looking for.
If you already have eye problems such as cataracts, macular degeneration, glaucoma, dry eye, a history of eye pain or photophobia, you'll want to find an optometrist in San Ramon, Danville, Brentwood, Martinez and Pleasant Hill or your area that is trained and skilled in treating your eye problems.
However, if you have serious eye disorders that require surgery or you are looking for Lasik surgery, you will want to seek out the help of a local ophthalmologist, since they are the only ones who can provide eye surgery.
If you have an optometrist that you have been seeing and like, be aware that many offer pre- and post-operative care, so you may be able to continue seeing them for your all of your eye care needs except the surgery itself.View/Print