This page is NOT intended to replace the knowledge or care of
an Eye Doctor or other eye care provider. This page is
solely for the purpose of general education.
12 Signs Of Vision Loss
If you, or a loved one, are experiencing any of these consider
seeing an eye doctor. Many forms of vision loss are preventable
if caught early enough.
- Over cautious driving habits.
- Find lighting either: too bright or too dim.
- Frequent eye glass prescription changes.
- Holding books or reading material close to face or at
- Squinting or tilting the head to see.
- Difficulty in recognizing people.
- Changes in leisure time activities.
- Change in personal appearance.
- Changes in table etiquette.
- Moving about cautiously.
- Bumping into objects.
- Acting confused or disoriented.
Types of Eye Care Professionals
Ophthalmologists are medical doctors that
specialize in eye care. They must complete four years of
premedical school; plus four years of medical school; complete a
one-year internship; and a three-year residency in
ophthalmology. They detect and treat eye diseases, prescribe
drugs and perform eye surgery. They also prescribe eyeglasses or
Optometrists must complete four years of
undergraduate school, plus four years of graduate training in a
school of optometry. They receive a doctorate of optometry. They
can prescribe eyeglasses or contact lenses. They can detect
diseases, but they are not medical doctors. Some
Optometrists have special training in fitting low-vision aids;
they are called low-vision specialists.
Opticians have a two-year technical degree.
They interpret prescriptions and fit eyeglasses. They can adjust
repair and reproduce previously ordered contacts, eyeglasses and
frames. They cannot examine or test your eyes.
There is a group of professionals that most people do not know
about. They help people adapt to living with uncorrectable
vision loss. They go by titles like: Low Vision
Specialist, Orientation and Mobility Instructor, Rehabilitation
Teacher, Vocational Rehabilitation Councilor. They work
in the field of rehabilitation of the blind and visually
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