Where can I get an eye exam?
Choosing an eye care provider is an important health care decision. Your sense of sight is valuable and you will want to choose someone you can trust to care for this precious ability.
Optometrist vs Ophthalmologist: What’s the Difference?
There are two types of eye doctors you will want to consider when making your choice of a eye care provider, Optometrists and Ophthalmologists. Your personal eye health care needs will be a determining factor in your choice.
Ophthalmologists are medical doctors who specialize in eye care. In addition to providing routine eye health care they also perform eye surgery and treat medical conditions of the eye. Ophthalmologists generally complete 4 years of college, 4 years of medical school, as well as additional years of post graduate training in medical and surgical eye care.
Optometrists are eye doctors that have earned a Doctor of Optometry (OD) degree. Optometrists complete 4 years of college and 4 years of optometry school. Optometrists also provide routine eye health care, prescribing glasses and contacts, low vision aids, vision therapy and medications to treat eye diseases, and pre-operative and post- operative care.
Another type of eye care professional is an Optician. An optician is not an eye doctor, but a professional that uses the prescription written by your eye care provider to assist you in your selection of eye wear. They fit, adjust, and repair glasses and provide training in contact lens insertion and removal and care. Some opticians are specially trained to fit contact lenses, also.
While you can obtain an eye exam from several different venues, the quality of an eye exam can vary greatly from one place to another. Some clinics provide low cost exams with minimal testing with the goal of providing you with an eye glass prescription. Other clinics will focus on a total eye health evaluation, including near and distant vision testing, evaluation of your eyes’ ability to work together, retinal photos, visual field screening, tests for signs of glaucoma, macular degeneration, dry eye disease, or other eye diseases. Eye care providers may also specialize in specific areas within their field, such as providing care for those with low vision needs, pediatric care, or managing dry eye disease.
Other factors that may influence your choice of providers are whether or not your insurance is accepted by the provider, the friendliness of the staff, the cleanliness of the clinic, convenience of available appointment times, or referrals made by friends and family.
The Uptown Eye Care Difference
Here at Uptown Eye Care you will receive the most thorough, up-to-date comprehensive eye exam available. When you come for your appointment, we make sure to schedule ample time so you will never feel rushed. Our office provides complete eye care for both adults and children. Our passion is keeping your eyes healthy and your vision the best it can be. We adhere to the highest standards of optometric care providing each patient with:
- The Latest Advances in Eye Health Care Practices
- The Most Up-To-Date Vision Care Technology
- The Finest Quality Products
- The Highest Level of Personal Care
During your comprehensive eye health evaluation your eyes will be checked for any potential eye disorders or diseases. Your visual skills and abilities are carefully evaluated and appropriate treatment is prescribed, whether it’s medication, lenses, or vision therapy. We are prepared to handle your eye care needs with the latest in diagnostic equipment and eye care technology.
Uptown Eye Care serves the communities of Monticello, Big Lake, Buffalo, Becker, Clearwater, Clear Lake, Maple Lake, Saint Michael, Albertville, Otsego, Elk River, Zimmerman, Saint Cloud, Rogers, and the greater Minneapolis/St. Paul area.
To schedule your appointment call us at 763-271-2020 or fill out our Contact Form.