The doctors of optometry at Eye Care Specialists are trained to examine, diagnose, treat and manage disorders that affect the eye or vision. They provide a wide range of care, including:
Prescribe medication to treat eye disease.
Evaluate and treat vision conditions such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism and presbyopia.
Remove superficial foreign bodies from the eye.
Provide pre- and post-operative care, especially for glaucoma, laser, refractive and cataract patients.
Rigorous Training for Optometrists
Prior to admittance into optometry school, optometrists typically complete four years of undergraduate study, culminating in a bachelor’s degree. Required undergraduate coursework for pre-optometry students is extensive and covers a wide variety of advanced health, science and mathematics courses.
Optometry school consists of four years of post-graduate, doctoral-level study concentrating on the eye, vision and associated systemic disease. In addition to profession-specific courses, optometrists are required to take systemic health courses that focus on a patient’s overall medical condition as it relates to the eye. After achieving the doctor of optometry degree, optometrists must pass a rigorous national examination administered by the National Board of Examiners in Optometry in order to be licensed.
In addition to their formal, doctoral-level training, all optometrists participate in ongoing continuing education courses to stay current on the latest standards of care and to maintain their licenses to practice. Optometry is one of the only doctoral-level health care professions to require continuing education in every state for license renewal. In Pennsylvania, optometrists must earn a minimum of 30 hours of continuing education every two-year cycle for license renewal.
Caring for the Health of Your Eyes
At Eye Care Specialists, we study our patients’ ocular and medical history to accurately assess the condition of their eyes. We want to make sure we know your eyes so that we can prescribe the most effective treatment available. Your eyesight is important, and our doctors and staff use their years of training and experience to bring you the benefits of complete eye care. We encourage our patients to undergo regularly scheduled eye health examinations to ensure optimum eye health.
Since most blindness is preventable if diagnosed and treated early, regular examinations by your optometrist are very important. Your optometrist can recognize the early signs of these diseases and provide the appropriate treatment.
Please contact Eye Care Specialists today to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced optometrists. We serve patients in Scranton, Wilkes Barre, Kingston, and throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania.