When you want to see a doctor that specializes in something, sometimes finding the right doctor is straightforward and sometimes it is a little more complicated. Finding an eye doctor might be confusing because there are a few different types of doctors that you could see. These doctors have different capabilities, training, and more. On this page, I will discuss the optometrist, the ophthalmologist, and the optician. All three are types of eye doctors who could help you with different problems. Understanding the right doctor that fits your needs can be helpful if you are experiencing eye problems.
When you are hurt or facing an illness, you probably think that going to the doctor can help to rectify the situation. And while doctors intend to help their patients, sometimes the interference of a doctor can have negative consequences. This might be the case for many different reasons, and could be the case if you are visiting an eye doctor. In this section of our website, we discuss action that you can take if you think you are the victim of eye doctor medical malpractice in Connecticut. Check out the other pages in this section to learn more.
What is an Optometrist?
Optometrists are considered general, primary eye doctors. They spend four years in a training program in order to get an optometry degree after college. The kind of tasks that optometrists can perform include:
- Perform vision checks and general eye exams.
- Provide vision therapy and aids to help with low vision.
- Manage certain eye conditions such as glaucoma and dry eye.
- Prescribe contact lenses and eyeglasses.
What is an Ophthalmologist?
Ophthalmologists differ in some ways from optometrists. Optometrists participate in a special optometry program, but ophthalmologists actually go to medical school, complete a one year internship, and a three year residency. Sometimes after residency, they also participate in a fellowship program. As you can see, the schooling is more rigorous for ophthalmologists than for optometrists. As such, ophthalmologists can offer full eye services to patients. This includes:
- Eye exams and other vision services.
- Surgical eye care for issues such as cataracts, eye trauma, glaucoma, and more.
- Plastic surgery on or near the eyes to smooth wrinkles, fix drooping eyelids, and more.
- Medical eye care for issues such as iritis and glaucoma.
- Diagnose eye problems that might be related to other diseases, such as arthritis or diabetes.
If you face an eye issue, an ophthalmologist might work with an optometrist and together they may treat you.
What is an Optician?
Finally, consider the optician if you need help taking care of your eyes. Opticians are not actually eye doctors, but they can fill prescriptions prescribed by eye doctors. They usually get a one or two year degree or certificate that qualifies them to work as an optician. Opticians can:
- Fill prescriptions.
- Take measurements of your eyes or face.
- Check your contact lens prescription.
- Help you decide on a pair of glasses.
- Adjust or repair contact lenses or glasses.
- Order eye products on your behalf.
Choosing an Eye Doctor
If you are looking for someone to give you regular eye exams, prescribe glasses or contact lenses, and provide basic vision services, an optometrist might be the right fit for you. If you think that you will need surgery or detailed medical attention, an ophthalmologist might be the more appropriate choice. And of course, you can work with an optician when ordering or maintaining your glasses or contacts.
Our Eye Doctor Malpractice Content
A good place to start when it comes to eye doctor medical malpractice is understanding the differences between types of eye doctors. Review our page regarding different types of eye doctors to learn more.
Then, check out our pages regarding reasons that you can sue an eye doctor. You won’t be able to sue in every situation, so learning about common malpractice situations can help you determine if you have a case or not. A few common situations in which you can sue are if there is a diagnosis issue, you are the victim of a surgical error, the doctor fails to refer you to a specialist or someone with more experience, or they do not properly inform you of your medical situation and therefore you cannot give proper informed consent. Again, these are a few common situations in which you might be able to sue, but you can learn more about your specific situation by contacting an attorney.
Next, consider a few common eye situations that could go wrong and lead to medical malpractice. We have pages about cataract surgery malpractice, LASIK surgery malpractice, glaucoma surgery malpractice, diabetic retinopathy surgery malpractice, macular degeneration surgery malpractice, and refractive lens exchange malpractice. Again, there are other procedures or situations in which malpractice can occur, but these are some of the most common ones.
If you have been injured by an eye doctor, what happens next? On this page of our website, you can learn more about what to do after you have experienced an eye injury and how you can get help. We also have a page that outlines how you can sue an eye doctor for medical malpractice. Finally, check out our page about steps in an eye doctor medical malpractice case. Familiarizing yourself with the steps in a lawsuit can help you as you enter this process. Knowing what to expect can reduce your stress and uncertainty at this time.
Call a Connecticut Lawyer for Eye Doctor Malpractice
Facing eye doctor medical malpractice in Connecticut can seem overwhelming. Checking out the pages in this section of our website can help you learn more about if you have a case and if so what to expect. However, we know that going through a lawsuit on your own is scary. The good news is that you don’t have to! Contact our office, and we will be there with you every step of the way. We are happy to help you through this difficult time. Just contact our office for more information.