Optometrists are doctors of optometry. Optometrists are experts at all parts of the eye and visual system. Commonly, optometrists will prescribe glasses and contact lenses. Optometrists are able to diagnose and treat binocular vision disorders, including strabismus (eye turn) and amblyopia (lazy eye). Optometrists treat eye infections, remove foreign material from the eye and even perform some minor, non-invasive surgeries. Optometrists are able to diagnose all eye conditions. Optometrists are able to use both topical eye drops and oral medications to diagnose and treat eye disease.
Optometrists must have 8 years of college education, including a doctorate degree from a 4-year college of optometry.
The eye doctors at Iowa EyeCare are optometrists.
Dr. Womack, Ophthalmologist
An ophthalmologist is an eye surgeon. Ophthalmologists commonly perform cataract removal, retinal repairs, and LASIK surgery. Most ophthalmologists specialize in a particular area of the eye, such as the retina, neuro-ophthalmology or cornea.
After earning an undergraduate degree ophthalmologists go to a 4-year general medicine school before learning a specialty.
Dr. Larry Womack, our LASIK surgeon, is an ophthalmologist.