Are You Seeing the Right Eye Doctor?

Being proactive about your eye health is just half of the story. The other half involves making sure that you are actually seeing the right eye doctor. After all, there are a lot of medical professionals out there who claim that they are eye doctors when in fact they aren’t.

If you’ve been wanting to visit an eye doctor in Tooele, Utah for a while now, it is best that you do some homework beforehand and figure out if you are actually seeing the right eye care professional that can attend to your specific needs and concerns. Below is a quick guide of the 3 most common eye care providers whose services you’ll most likely seek.

The Ophthalmologist

As a medical doctor, the ophthalmologist has undergone approximately 8 years of additional medical training after finishing college. By and large, an ophthalmologist can diagnose and treat all types of eye conditions as well as perform surgery as part of the treatment approach. Many ophthalmologists are involved in scientific research and studies seeking cure for eye conditions.  In addition, they can prescribe and fit contact lenses and eyeglasses.

An ophthalmologist can also choose to become a subspecialist, that is undergo additional training and experience in a specific field of eye care. Examples include specialties in areas such as cataract, glaucoma, neurology, laser eye surgery, and pediatrics.

The Optometrist

First things first, an optometrist is not a medical doctor. However, in order for them to practice their craft, they also need to finish their degree in optometry. Primarily, an optometrist is licensed to perform vision tests, prescribe corrective lenses, detert certain abnormalities, and refer a patient to an ophthalmologist for further evaluation and treatment.

The Optician

You are most likely going to need an optician if you’re looking for someone to help you with your prescriptive lenses and frames. An optician is trained to design, fit and verify prescriptions from your ophthalmologist or optometrist. Keep in mind that an optician cannot perform eye exams nor make a diagnosis.

Griffeth Vision Group – Your Complete Eye Care Team in Tooele, Utah

The Griffeth Vision Group is a full service ophthalmology practice located in the beautiful Tooele Valley at the south end of the Great Salt Lake. We have been practicing the highest quality eye care here since 2002. We specialize in surgical and medical treatment of diseases of the eye, including cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetes and many others.

Let us help you improve the quality of your life through the latest technology we offer in eye care and the warm, caring environment here at our practice. Get in touch with us today by calling 435-843-8333 or by filling out this contact form to schedule an appointment. We look forward to your visit!


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