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Eye Care Specialists

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Marshfield Clinic has a whole team of Eye Care Specialists to diagnose and treat your eye problem.

What is an ophthalmologist?

An ophthalmologist is either a medical doctor (M.D.) or an osteopathic doctor (D.O.) who specializes in comprehensive eye care and provides exams, diagnosis, and treatment for a variety of eye disorders.

Ophthalmologists are skilled in all facets of eye care, from prescribing eyeglasses or contact lenses to performing intricate eye surgery.

Many also choose to specialize in one particular disease or portion of the eye (for example, glaucoma specialist or cornea specialist).

What is an optometrist?

Picture of piece of eye equipment used to examine the front of the eye

An optometrist is a doctor of optometry (O.D.) who specializes in comprehensive eye care and provides exams, diagnosis, and treatment for a variety of eye disorders.

Optometrists are skilled in all facets of eye care, but do not perform surgery. Some specialize in low vision, contact lenses, or vision rehabilitation. 

What is an optician?

An optician is a technician who fits, adjusts, and fills the prescriptions for eyeglasses and contact lenses.

Although they do not test vision for prescribing glasses or contact lenses, family practitioners, or general internists may medically treat some eye conditions.

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Take the Vision Test

Find out how much you know about your eyes.

1. Which of these is a leading cause of vision loss or blindness?
2. How do tears benefit the eyes?
3. What does 20/20 vision mean?
4. Computer vision syndrome (CVS) is a group of eye and vision-related problems resulting from long periods of computer use. Which one of these symptoms is associated with CVS?
5. Which of these will help reduce eyestrain when you work at a computer?
6. How often should adults ages 40 to 65 have an eye exam?
7. Which of these vision problems does refractive surgery correct?
8. Which of these diseases is a common cause of blindness?
9. Which of these eye care professionals is qualified to do surgery?