OPTOMETRIST OR OPHTHALMOLOGIST? WHICH IS BEST FOR YOU? By Dr. Mark German, Optometrist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin
There are two types of eye doctors: Optometrists and Ophthalmologists. Both do complete 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. Jay or Dr. 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 over 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. I do the contact lens fitting at Lakeshore Eye Care so if you have your exam with one of our surgeons, you will need a second appointment with me for the contacts. So why not start with me in the first place? Another reason is that I usually run pretty much on time because my patients lack the complex medical and surgical problems confronted by Drs. Jay and Cueto.
Not everyone needs to see an eye surgeon for their care. By scheduling with me, you will be seen faster and still benefit from the excellent quality of care provided at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals.
Dr. Mark German is an Optometrist practicing at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with two offices in Ozaukee County, Wisconsin (Mequon & Saukville). His Ophthalmology colleagues are Dr. Martha Jay and Dr. Josephine-Liezl Cueto.
To schedule appointment or learn more about vision-related topics, call 262-241-1919 or visit www.LakeShoreVision.com