OPTOMETRIST OR OPHTHALMOLOGIST? WHICH IS BEST FOR YOU? by Dr. Mark German, Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals, Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin
There are two types of eye doctors: Optometrists and Ophthalmologists. Both do comprehensive eye examinations, prescribe glasses and screen for eye diseases such as glaucoma or cataracts. The difference is that an ophthalmologist is a medical doctor and a surgeon. If you have a medical or surgical eye problem, then you should schedule with one of our ophthalmologists (Dr. Martha Jay or Dr. Josephine-Liezl Cueto). If you have relatively healthy eyes and want to be sure you are seeing as well as possible, then our optometrist (me) is a better choice.
I have been practicing optometry for 25 years. In that time, I have seen just about every eye problem out there. While I specialize in contact lens fitting and general eye examinations, I also do annual screenings for diabetic eye disease and other medical eye problems. I joined Lakeshore Eye Care in 2000.
Why see me instead of Dr. Jay or Cueto? The main reason is convenience, especially if you wear contact lenses. You can usually schedule an appointment with me relatively quickly and you spend less time in the office. This is because our ophthalmologists' patients generally are here for surgery or complex medical problems.
Dr. Mark German is an optometrist practicing at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals in Mequon and Saukville, Wisconsin. He specializes in hard-to-fit contact lens patients and comprehensive eye care. Dr. German welcomes patients of all ages into his practice.
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