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What's an Optometrist?

An optometrist is an eye doctor with a Doctor of Optometry (OD) degree. Optometrists typically have a bachelor’s degree (in biology or related sciences) followed by four years of professional training and study at an accredited optometry school.

Optometrists are health care providers who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders and diseases affecting the eyes and visual abilities. They perform eye exams to evaluate vision and health (both the health of your eyes and general health issues that can affect the eyes, such as diabetes).

The scope of medical care provided by optometrists is defined by state law. In Wisconsin, optometrists can:

  • Prescribe, dispense and fit contact lenses and ophthalmic lenses
  • Prescribe medication to treat eye problems
  • Remove foreign objects from the eye
  • Administer vision therapy and orthoptics
  • Provide prosthetics and prosthetic eye care

Our eye doctors can help diagnose, prevent, and treat a wide range of eye problems. If specialized medical care or surgery is necessary, we’ll recommend a qualified ophthalmologist.

We have opticians and eye doctors who speak Spanish at many of our locations. Please contact your Wisconsin Vision to schedule an appointment if bilingual assistance is needed.

An annual eye exam allows your optometrist to detect and address health issues before any symptoms become obvious to you. Unfortunately, many eye conditions have no signs or symptoms in their early stages. By the time you notice many of them, the damage has already been done. An annual eye exam is the only way to detect eye conditions early when it’s best to treat them and prevent permanent damage.

Yearly eye exams also allow your eye doctor to monitor your vision and eye health over long periods of time, providing insight into how your eye health is trending. Recognizing a decline in eye health early on allows for more proactive treatment and provides a higher chance of maintaining great health and vision as you age.

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Telehealth is a new, accessible way to schedule a comprehensive in-store eye exam with an on-screen optometrist at Wisconsin Vision. We have the eye exam equipment needed to get you the most accurate prescription while your optometrist is away from the office. A Telehealth exam only takes 30 minutes or less from obtaining information about your medical/ocular history to getting you the prescription you need. Contact one of our offices for insurance information and questions about the exam process.

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Do Eye Doctors Take Insurance? YES!

And our eye doctors are authorized providers for more types of vision insurance than other eye clinics.  We provide free coverage checks so you’ll understand exactly what your plan pays for before your visit. Wisconsin Vision optometrists also accept CareCredit for optical services and eyewear.

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What does an optometrist do?

Optometrists specialize in diagnosing and treating diseases affecting your vision and eyes. Optometrists perform eye exams to evaluate your eyes and can help address general health issues that affect the eyes such as diabetes.

What’s an optician?

Opticians are eyewear specialists, but they’re not eye doctors. Opticians work closely with optometrists to dispense and fit corrective eyewear for patients. Wisconsin Vision opticians are also customer service and insurance experts, ready to help you understand your benefits, explain optical lens options and adjust or repair frames.

What’s the difference between an optometrist and an ophthalmologist?

An optometrist is your go-to eye doctor for routine eye exams, vision correction and treatment of common eye problems like a stye or pink eye. Optometrists can diagnose and write prescriptions for eye conditions, and if you require specialized care they’ll provide a referral to an ophthalmologist. Ophthalmologists are medical doctors and specialists in ocular disease and disorders. If you experience vision loss or decreased vision, have a family history of eye disease, or suffer an eye injury you’ll want to see an ophthalmologist.

Is an optometrist an eye doctor?

Yes, optometrists are a Doctor of Optometry (OD) or are commonly referred to as eye doctors. To become an Optometrist, you have to receive a bachelor's degree, usually in biology or related sciences, and complete four years of study afterward through an accredited optometry program.

Do eye doctors accept vision insurance?

Yes, Wisconsin Vision eye doctors can accept most types of vision insurance. We even provide free coverage checks to ensure you understand exactly what your plan covers before the visit.

Do Wisconsin Vision eye doctors accept CareCredit?

Yes, our optometrists will accept CareCredit as a form of payment. Be sure to confirm what your vision insurance will cover to ensure you're getting the most savings.

Does Wisconsin Vision have pediatric eye doctors?

Yes, all Wisconsin Vision optometrists provide eye exams for kids 3 years and older. Our optometrists can also work with children with special needs. For children younger than 3 years old, contact us for a referral. We're always willing to welcome new patients.

Are your eye doctors open on Saturdays?

Yes, all of our eye doctors are open on Saturday to see patients. In general, Saturday appointments are in high demand, so please be prepared to book ahead.

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