Most Americans will need the help of an optometrist at some point in their life. Not everyone will need to visit an optometrist, but for those with vision issues they are a vital part of leading a healthy life. These physicians have the ability to prescribe medications for optical problems as well as recommend and perform LASIK surgeries or something as simple as prescribing glasses. The goal of an optometrist is to work with you to determine the severity of the vision issue and find the best solution for you.
Many people avoid seeing an optometrist out of fear, which is unfounded. The first step to correcting impaired vision is to go through a vision test. This test typically takes no more than 15 minutes, unless the physician comes across a larger problem. By the end of the test the optometrist will be able to tell you what level your vision is at and the best solution to provide you with a clearer vision of life.
The field of Optometry is definitely something you’ll want to tune in to learn more about. This episode is presented by the educational series “Informed”, hosted by Rob Lowe, distributed to Public Television Networks PBS Member Stations.