optometrists At Eye Care Vision Center, you can rest assured that our skilled and expert optometrists are some of the best in the business. Your eyes are in great hands when you come to see Doctor Mark Ruiz for your eye health needs. However, one of the many ways we make sure all your eye care needs are met is by educating you to exactly what those needs are. We go out of our way to provide you with all the information you need to make important decisions about your health. Here you will find information on the practice of optometry and what we do as optometrists to help keep your eyes in the best shape possible!

What is Optometry?
Optometry is defined as “the practice or profession of examining the eyes for visual defects and prescribing corrective lenses.” Understanding the structure and function of not only the eye, but the entire visual system, is critical. Only by knowing exactly how your eye is supposed to properly function can your optometrist begin the process of diagnosing and then treating whatever issues you may be having.

Optometrist vs. Ophthalmologist
These are the two main types of eye doctors, and while they both can assist you with your eye health needs, there are significant differences between the two.

Optometrists are Doctors of Optometry (an O.D., not to be confused with a Doctor of Medicine, an M.D.). Optometrists complete their undergraduate degree, four years of professional education at a school of optometry, and then must become licensed by the state to practice. Optometrists can assist in the following eye health areas:

-Diagnosis and treatment of eye conditions such as glaucoma
-Vision services, including eye exams
-Prescribe eyewear or corrective lenses
-Prescribe medication for certain eye conditions
-Help with pre- or post-operative care for eye surgery patients
-Treat conditions such as near- or far-sightedness

When choosing an eye doctor, it’s important to understand exactly what your needs are and who may be best equipped to help. Doctor Mark Ruiz at Eye Care Vision Center can help you determine exactly that. When needing a referral to an ophthalmologist Dr. Ruiz can help you select the proper ophthalmologist to go to.

Ophthalmologists are medical doctors- they completed medical school, a one year internship and a residency of at least three years. They specialize in complete eye care services, including:

-Diagnosis and treatment of eye conditions or other diseases
-Surgical eye care
-Vision services, such as eye exams
-Medical eye care for conditions such as glaucoma
-Plastic surgery
-Prescribing eyewear and corrective lenses

Do I Need to Visit an Optometrist?
Eye health needs to be a priority for everyone, at any age. Preventative and proactive treatment is a great way to make sure you are doing all you can for your vision health. But how can you tell if it’s time for an eye exam?

Most eye care professionals recommend that you have an eye exam every one to three years. Of course, as you age or if you are at a higher risk of eye disease, you should receive more regular eye exams.

Children who are of school age require regular eye exams, as well. The vast majority of the information children will receive in the classroom is visual. Making sure your children’s eyes are taken care of will help ensure their success moving forward. Generally, kids should receive an eye exam at six months old, three years old and then when starting school. Furthermore, if your child is at risk for eye problems, or already wears corrective lenses or glasses, he or she will need more regular eye exams.

Similarly, adults are recommended to have a comprehensive eye exam every two years to properly maintain the health of your eyes. If you already wear corrective lenses, are at risk for more serious eye problems, or are over 60 years old, you should receive even more regular eye exams from your optometrist.

For more information on common eye problems, links to the American Optometric Association page and more, visit our Resources Page. Information is key to making the most informed and beneficial decisions regarding your vision health. Call Eye Care Vision Center today to ensure that your eyes are care for!