How quickly can I get an appointment?
We try to schedule appointments within one week. However, if you have an urgent need, we will accomodate you the same day when possible.
What if I don’t have insurance?
We will gladly set up payment arrangements with you to help you with your eye care. Please contact our office and ask for the office manager for more information.
What are your office hours?
Friday – 9am-12:30pm
Second Saturday of the month: 8am-12pm
What is your policy regarding prescription refills?
We request that you give us 48 hours notice for prescription refills. When you call our office, be prepared to give us the name of the prescription which you need refilled along with the name of your pharmacy and a phone number. We do not call in prescriptions after hours or on the weekends on a routine basis.
What is the difference between an ophthalmologist, an optometrist and an optician?
- An Ophthalmologist (MD) has a medical degree and is licensed to practice medicine and perform eye surgery.
- An ophthalmologist has had at least 12 years of education and training beyond high school and is qualified to diagnose and treat all eye diseases; perform surgery; prescribe and fit glasses and contact lenses.
- An Optometrist (OD) has a degree in optometry and is licensed to practice optometry. An optometrist has had 6-8 years of education and training beyond high school and is qualified to determine the need for glasses and contact lenses; prescribe optical correction; and screen for some eye conditions.
- An Optician usually has a combination of college (or two years of opticianary school) and on-the-job training. An optician is trained to fit and dispense eyeglasses or contact lenses based upon a prescription from a licensed ophthalmologist or optometrist.
What is Board Certification?
The American Board of Ophthalmology is an independent, not-for-profit organization responsible for certifying ophthalmologists (eye physicians and surgeons) in the United States. The ABO was the first American board established to certify medical specialists and offers the only eye care certificate recognized by both the American Board of Medical Specialties and the American Medical Association.
In the United States, in order to become an ophthalmologist, one must have completed four years of college, four years of medical school, one year of general medical training and three years of ophthalmology training. Upon the successful completion of ophthalmology training, an individual can apply to take a two part examination to become Board Certified. The first part is a written examination and if successfully passed, the individual can take an oral examination. In these exams, a variety of questions are posed about different clinical scenarios throughout the various subspecialties of ophthalmology. If the individual passes both parts of the examination, he or she is awarded Board Certification status. This status is good for 10 years at which time the individual must retest to maintain certification.