Behind the Lens: How Optometrists are Important for Eye Health and Overall Wellness

  • By:Dr. Katie Dugan

Optometrists do much more than provide vision correction lenses, such as glasses and contact lenses. A comprehensive eye exam is extremely important to monitor overall health and detect potential issues that need to be treated. Not only is an eye examination important for maintaining good vision, but eye doctors also play an essential role in the management of other chronic health issues.

The Role of an Optometrist

After going through years of education and receiving hands-on training, optometrists bring many types of expertise to your eye examination. Their skillset covers specialties such as:

  • Refraction and Vision Correction: One of the primary activities during an eye examination is determining how well your eyes can see. The optometrist assesses everything from nearsightedness and farsightedness to presbyopia and astigmatism. This information is critical to prescribing the best contact lenses or glasses so you can enjoy optimal eyesight.
  • Glasses and Contact Lenses: If you need to wear vision correction lenses, then an optometrist is your expert for all things relating to contacts and glasses. They fit you with the ideal lenses and offer follow-up care as needed.
  • Eye Disease Diagnosis: During a comprehensive eye examination, an optometrist is testing and looking for any signs of serious eye diseases. They can identify issues such as macular degeneration, cataracts, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and more. This early detection is critical so you can receive prompt treatment to manage the progress of the disease.
  • Eye Coordination: One factor that many people don’t realize is the importance of both eyes working together. If there are problems with eye coordination, then it can have a negative impact on the person’s quality of life. Our team offers vision therapy to help with a variety of visual comfort and eye coordination issues.
  • Eye Emergencies: If an accident or emergency occurs that affects the eyes, then an eye doctor is the person to call. Eye doctors can help with treating a variety of unexpected issues such as corneal abrasions, conjunctivitis, blepharitis, keratitis, and more. Prescriptions are available, and the optometrist can also refer you to an ophthalmologist if needed.

Call Our Team at Temecula Creek Optometry

Is it time for you to schedule an eye examination? If you are looking for a nearby optometrist, then we invite you to contact our team at Temecula Creek Optometry to book your appointment: (951) 302 -1331.

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