Optometrists provide primary vision care and help patients navigate more specialized vision care when appropriate, such as when a serious disease or disorder is found. Optometrists are licensed to practice optometry, which includes giving eye exams, writing prescriptions for contact lenses and glasses, managing changes in vision, finding abnormalities in the eye, and treating certain eye diseases.
Optometrists receive a doctor of optometry degree and must pass a licensure exam in order to practice optometry in Texas.
What Do Optometrists Do?
An optometrist specializes in primary vision care, which includes:
• Preventative eye care
• Medical eye exams
• Diabetic eye exams
• Eye exams for glasses
• Contact lens services
• Specialty contact lens services
• Identifying and monitoring eye conditions related to other diseases