WHY DON’T OUR SURGEONS FIT CONTACT LENSES? By Dr. Mark German, Optometrist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin
At Lakeshore Eye Care, we have two types of eye doctors: Ophthalmologists (Dr. Martha Jay) and Optometrists (myself). While all three of us take care of your eyes, the ophthalmologists are surgeons. They concentrate on medical and surgical problems of the eyes such as cataract surgery, LASIK vision correction, glaucoma and other conditions. They rarely see patients who don’t have a medical or surgical problem with their eyes.
My practice, in contrast, is more skewed towards those with healthy eyes such as those who need their glasses or contact lenses checked. While an eye exam with me is just a thorough as with the ophthalmologists, I am more likely screening for eye problems rather than treating those with serious pathology.
So that comes to the big question: Why don’t the ophthalmologists fit contact lenses? Contact lenses change all the time and I am the one who stays on top of these new developments. There are new contact lenses for dry eyes, astigmatism and reading introduced all the time. That leaves the ophthalmologists plenty of time to devote to staying on top of the advances in medical and surgical eye care.
The bottom line is that if you have healthy eyes and wear contact lenses, your best bet is to schedule with me so I can screen for more serious eye problems and provide you with the best contact lens options. Thinking of moving on to LASIK or have we decided that your cataracts are ready for surgery? Then that is another story and the ophthalmologists will take it from there.
For more eye care information, call 262-241-1919 or visit www.LakeShoreVision.com.