Doctors of optometry (O.D.'s) are the primary health care professionals for the eye. Optometrists examine, diagnose, treat and manage diseases, injuries, and disorders of the visual system, the eye, and associated structures as well as identify related systemic conditions affecting the eye. Doctors of optometry prescribe medications, low vision rehabilitation, vision therapy, spectacle lenses, and contact lenses and perform certain surgical procedures.
Optometrists counsel their patients regarding surgical and non surgical options that meet their visual needs related to their occupations, avocations, and lifestyle.