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.