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You may be wondering, “A blog? What for?”
Here at Optix Family Eyecare we are taking the initiative to provide not only our patients but millions of people with important knowledge about the WORLD of eye care.

We feel it is absolutely imperative that people understand how important their eye health is and what it means to have healthy vision. We understand that many individuals may neglect their eye health and therefore seriously put a damper on all areas of their life. The bottom line, Optix Family Eyecare of Long Island is here to step up to the plate and provide you with a constant feed of great knowledge, both fun and informative, about YOUR EYE HEALTH!

Most of all, the Optix Blog is here for you to enjoy yourself and relax.
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  1. Value O.D. Eye Care

    The Unique Value of Optometric Eye Care

    Optometric Physicians (Optometrists, Doctors of Optometry) are the primary care eye doctors in the United States examining, diagnosing and treating more eye and vision patients and problems than any other profession. Optometrists examine, diagnose, treat, and manage diseases, injuries, and disorders of the visual system, the eye, and associated structures as well as identify related systemic and neurological conditions affecting the eye.

    Traditionally the profession of Optometry is the eye care discipline that focused on preventative eye care with specialization in visually related eye disorders as differentiated from its sister profession of ophthalmology which in modern times are allopathic and osteopathic medical doctors specializing in various aspects of eye surgery.

    Optometric Physicians (Optometrists) are the eye doctors who practice under a specialty license rather than a general medical license. Doctors of Optometry are specifically required by law to practice eye care at the same standards of care as physicians licensed at the general medical level, and in addition the law adds specific specialty based practice requirements.

    Optometry has the unique distinction of being the only traditionally university based and trained health profession other than Clinical Psychology which essentially practices a medical specialty under a specialty license rather than a general medical license. In contrast, within the United States allopathic (MD) medical specialists are not specifically licensed to practice their specialty but are legally licensed by each state only under a general medical license.

    Optometry’s longstanding and traditional educational and research base within some of America’s finest universities has been the secret to its history of excellence in eye care and its ability to maintain its unique position as a direct alternative to an allopathic medical specialty.

    Within the United States, Optometry is the independent health care profession that is the closest direct alternative to a traditional allopathic medical area of specialization (Medical Ophthalmology). No other profession has as similar an area and scope of practice as an allopathic medical specialty.

    The unique value of Optometric eye care is therefore based on the fact that Optometric Eye Physicians are the only doctors specifically trained and licensed to practice eyecare as a specialty at the legally defined physician standard of care as apposed to licensure at the general medical practice level. The uniqueness of Optometric care lies in this specific specialty level licensure where detailed requirements for education, practice and specific standards of care are set by statutory law, as apposed to general medical licensure which cannot and does not statutorily set specific educational and practice requirements for specialists. For example, when treating a glaucoma patient or other major eye disorder State statutes specifically require Doctors of Optometry to have certain educational requirements and equipment, and perform specific tests and procedures in the treatment and care of such patients. General medical licensure does not protect the public with such specificity.

    The precise nature of the specialty licensure better protects and ensures that the public receives a uniform level and quality of care from more uniformly trained eye doctors. This level of quality control is not available under a general medical licensure standard where specialists practice under only a general medical license obtained before specialty training and which obviously cannot, and do not, adequately ensure specific education and care for all the different specialty practices. This is therefore the basis for the unique value in Optometric eye care. It is the only profession which practises what is essentially a medical specialty under a specialty type license and not a general medical license.

    To attain this specific level of licensure all Optometric Physicians receive the Doctor of Optometry degree from one of only seventeen (17) Colleges of Optometry located at some of America’s finest universities. They must then be specifically Board Certified on both National and State examinations which mandate practice at the physician legal standards of care. Licensure at this specialty level ensures that there is rigorous uniformity in the training of every Optometric Physician, and strict accountable requirements for the care of all patients diagnosed and treated under their care.

    In addition, the strict uniformity and standardization in Optometric education and training ensures that all Optometric physicians have the same level of training. In contrast allopathic medical specialty training is widely varied even to the point that a general medical practitioner can effectively practice a specialty without completing a standardized specialty training program.

    Doctors of Optometry prescribe medications, low vision rehabilitation, vision therapy, spectacle lenses, contact lenses, and perform certain surgical procedures. Unlike its sister profession of Ophthalmology which focuses on surgical treatment of eye anomalies, Optometry includes the specialty areas of Developmental Vision, Low Vision, Optometric Vision Therapy and Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation. Traditionally Optometric eye and vision care also favors less invasive, more preventative methods of treatment.

    While most Optometric Physicians are primary care eye doctors, there are many who after further training and through formal residency programs practice as specialists in various specialty disciplines.

    This is the true and unique value of Optometric care for the consumer of eye and vision care, the only medical specialty practice area with true specialty licensing and strict uniformity of training and care.

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