A One Stop Shop
Acuity Eye Group® is home to some of the nation's top ophthalmologists who specialize not only in general ophthalmology but also in pediatric ophthalmology, cataracts, and glaucoma. Additionally, our services expand beyond ophthalmology to assure we can offer our patients a one-stop-shop for all their eye care needs. That’s why we also offer access to optometrists and retina specialists in our integrated environment. Patients can find a variety of services within a single clinic ensuring the best use of their time and a comprehensive approach to care.
Ophthalmology refers to the branch of medicine focusing on diseases of the eye and their treatments, often including surgery. Ophthalmologists differ from optometrists in the breadth of their scope and the extent of their training.
While both optometrists and ophthalmologists can conduct routine eye exams, those with an existing condition such as cataract, glaucoma, or macular degeneration will require the treatment of an ophthalmologist who specializes in the treatment of that condition, especially if surgery is required.
In many cases, your ophthalmologist will work in tandem with your optometrist to treat your condition; this is often referred to as co-managed care.
For example, an Acuity Eye Group optometrist may detect the beginnings of a cataract during a routine eye exam. They would then refer you to one of our cataract specialists, who would treat the cataract through surgery or other means. Following that procedure, you would then be sent back to your optometrist who would monitor your condition and perform any post-operative care recommended by the cataract surgeon.
Optometry and Optical
When someone is looking to improve their vision, or receive a routine eye exam, optometrists are the first line of defense in eye care.
An optometrist is a Doctor of Optometry (OD) who has been trained to treat and manage eye diseases, prescribe glasses and contact lenses, and remove foreign bodies from the eye. Most of their education focuses on the best ways to improve one’s vision through glasses or contact lenses, as well as being able to recognize eye diseases and refer to the proper specialist when appropriate. Optometrists also treat conditions such as dry eyes.
Optical refers to the process of helping a patient select, as well as adjust, the appropriate pair of glasses for their prescription. At Acuity Eye Group, we offer a wide range of quality eyeglasses and sunglasses so ensure you can find the right pair of glasses for you, right after following up with one of our premiere-class optometrists.
In treating eye disease and monitoring progress, it’s important that a patient’s optometrist work closely with other eye care professionals who manage a patient’s disease, such as ophthalmologists. Acuity Eye Group’s integrated services offering allows this process to be as seamless and efficient as possible.
Because of the many various aspects necessary for the proper function of the eye, ophthalmology has been divided into several subspecialties. One of these is retina disease.
Retina specialists are uniquely trained ophthalmologists who focus on the retina. When light strikes the eye, the retina is what carries those light waves through the optic nerve to the brain, which then creates the image a person “sees.”
The retina specialist is most often called upon when vision can no longer be improved after appropriate glasses have been prescribed and degeneration cannot be explained by glaucoma, cataract, or other conditions. You may also be referred to a retina specialist if there is any abnormality noted in the back of the eye on routine eye examination.