If it’s been awhile since you’ve seen an eye doctor, it’s important to choose the right one for your needs. There are two main types of eye doctors: ophthalmologists (MDs) and optometrists (ODs). Ophthalmologists can give you total eye care, performing complete eye exams, diagnosing and treating eye diseases, and performing eye surgery (including LASIK, cataract surgery, and more).

    Optometrists are more limited. Although they have medical training, they are not physicians themselves; they focus on vision testing for glasses and contact lenses, and routine eye exams. If an optometrist identifies an eye disease during one of these exams, they may send you to an ophthalmologist for more specialized treatment.

    Below are some questions you should consider asking a potential eye doctor during an initial consultation:

    • What services do you offer?
    • What are your credentials?
    • How long have you been in practice?
    • What eye diseases/conditions will you test for during my exam?

    The right Kansas City eye doctor for you should clearly and honestly answer your questions, openly discuss their background and experience, and offer the state-of-the-art services you need as a patient.

    If you are looking for an experienced ophthalmologist you can trust in the Kansas City, Missouri area, please contact Silverstein Eye Centers today to schedule your initial consultation.

    Posted April 3, 2013 by Silverstein Eye Centers
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