What does a Doctor of Optometry do?

A Doctor of Optometry (O.D.) in Nebraska is licensed to provide a broad range of primary eye care services.

Optometrists examine the internal and external structure of the eye to diagnose eye diseases like glaucoma, cataracts, and retinal disorders; systemic diseases like hypertension and diabetes; and vision conditions like nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and presbyopia.

Optometrists test to determine the patient's ability to focus and coordinate the eyes and to judge depth and see colors accurately.

Optometrists prescribe eyeglasses and contact lenses, low vision aids, and vision therapy.

Optometrists prescribe medications to treat eye diseases, including oral and topical pharmaceutical agents that relieve pain, reduce swelling, and treat infections.

As primary eye care providers, optometrists are an integral part of the patient's health care team and serve as an entry point into the health care system for many people. They are skilled in the co-management of care that affects eye health and vision and serve as an excellent source of referral to other health care providers.