The Importance of Physician Qualifications

Serving Kingston, Scranton, Wilkes-Barre and all of Northeastern Pennsylvania (NEPA)

When choosing a physician, it is very important to make an informed choice based on the training, qualifications, and experience of your physician. Our doctors are trained in today’s most advanced diagnostics, treatments, procedures, and equipment. Many of them are invited to participate in FDA studies as well as other evaluations of new products and procedures due to their extensive expertise. Our ophthalmologists are all board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology.

We have the extensive experience in the diagnosis and treatment of refractive disorders. Our practice is made up of many specialists in all areas of ophthalmology so our patients can experience one-stop shopping. Our eye care professionals are young, aggressive and impressive.

Our practice is comprised of many different types of doctors with varying specialties. We have provided some information on the different types of doctors you will find at Eye Care Specialists.

What Is an Ophthalmologist?

An ophthalmologist is either a medical doctor (M.D.) or an osteopathic physician (D.O.) who is qualified and especially trained to diagnose and treat all eye and visual system problems, both medically and surgically, as well as diagnose general diseases of the body.

It is general in that it encompasses the huge measure of medical knowledge of the entire human body, and unique in that it further specializes in the eyes. This competence allows the ophthalmologist to diagnose and treat disorders of the complete visual system, as well as to recognize and appropriately manage their associated systemic diseases.

An ophthalmologist receives a minimum of twelve years of post-high school education, which typically includes four years of college, four years of medical school, one or more years of general clinical training, and a minimum of three years of residency (hospital-based training) in ophthalmology. During that residency, ophthalmologists receive intensive training in all aspects of eye care, including prevention, diagnosis, management and medical and surgical treatment of ocular diseases and disorders.

Many ophthalmologists then spend an additional one to two years training in a sub-specialty, that is, a specific area of eye care (such as glaucoma, retinal diseases, or pediatric ophthalmology.) For most, education is an ongoing, permanent part of their lives.

Many, but not all, ophthalmologists are board certified. A board certified ophthalmologist has passed a rigorous two-part examination given by the American Board of Ophthalmology that is designed to fully assess his/her knowledge, experience and skills. Some ophthalmologists also have sub-specialty board certification by the American Board of Eye Surgeons in specific areas of eye surgery. All the ophthalmologists at Eye Care Specialists are board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology.

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What Is an Optometrist?

Many people get ophthalmology and optometry confused because both are involved with eye care and the spelling of the two names are so similar.

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:

  • Detect and diagnose eye diseases such as glaucoma, cataracts, retinal disorders, lid disorders and infections such as conjunctivitis.

  • 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.

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.

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.

Eye disease can occur at any age. Many eye diseases do not cause symptoms until the disease has done damage. 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.

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When choosing a physician, it is important to make an informed choice. This involves knowing the qualifications and the experience of you physician. Our doctors are trained in todays modern diagnostics, treatments, procedures, and equipment. They are asked to participate in FDA studies as well as other evaluations of new products and procedures due to their extensive expertise.

Please contact Eye Care Specialists today to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced ophthalmologists or optometrists. We serve patients in Scranton, Wilkes Barre, Kingston, and throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania.