Every day, hundreds of people will see a Washington, DC eye doctor for any number of eye problems and procedures, such as cataracts, LASIK, or even just an everyday check-up/vision test. When choosing an eye doctor, you want the best care, so it’s important to know what you should be looking for.
An optometrist is a Doctor of Optometry (OD), they have medical training but aren’t physicians, so if you’re just looking for a check-up or to get your vision checked, a Washington DC optometrist is probably right for you.
An ophthalmologist is an MD (Doctor of Medicine), and thus has the ability to treat eye diseases and perform surgery. If either of these procedures is required, seeing a Washington DC ophthalmologist will be necessary for you to obtain the specialized care you need.
There is, naturally, a fair amount of overlap between these two professions. In both cases what you should be looking for is experience – if you have a specific condition, it’s a good idea to check out whether or not the DC eye doctor you’re vetting has experience treating it before you book an appointment.
Of course, what’s most important is that you find a licensed doctor with a good reputation. It’s easy to check online for a record of your potential doctor’s license, which should be from either the state board of optometry or the state medical board – they’re often searchable by Social Security Number and last name. To get a license, optometrists and ophthalmologists must study through an accredited university (of which there are not many) and go through difficult testing, then train by doing clinical hours at established practices. Only then will they be granted their license, which means you can have peace of mind when choosing an eye doctor for the care you require.
Making sure you take your time and choose the eye doctor that’s right for you is key, especially if you have an issue that requires ongoing care. Our Washington DC eye doctor is an accredited and licensed ophthalmologist with years of experience treating complicated eye diseases like glaucoma.