What is an Optometrist?
An optometrist is an eye doctor with a Doctor of Optometry (OD) degree. Usually, they already have obtained a bachelor’s degree in biology or related sciences, followed by four years of professional training and study at an accredited optometry school.
Optometrists are healthcare providers who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and disorders affecting the eyes. They perform eye exams to measure vision and health-related to your eyes, such as diabetes.
The scope of the medical practice performed by optometrists is defined by state law. In Indiana, optometrists are legally permitted to (but not limited to):
- Prescribe oral medications, including antivirals, NSAIDs, antifungals, and steroids
- Diagnose and treat glaucoma with oral and/or topical drugs
- Use drops such as miotics, mydriatics, cycloplegics and anesthetics
- Prescribe Schedule IV drugs and Tramadol
- Order imaging
- Deliver injections
Heartland Vision eye doctors can diagnose, prevent and treat your eye health issues. If further specialized medical or surgical care is necessary, we will refer you to a qualified ophthalmologist.