What is the difference between an optometrist and an ophthalmologist?
An optometrist performs eye examinations and treats the eyes for certain infections, conditions, inflammations, objects in eye. An optometrist can provide you a prescription for glasses and contacts. Typically an ophthalmologist treats medical eye conditions and performs surgery.
Do you work for Walmart?
Office space is leased from Walmart, but the practice is owned by the doctor. It is a private practice that is located inside the Walmart building for the patient’s convenience.
I see fine, why should I get an eye examination?
Eye examinations are important to check your vision for even slight prescriptions that may benefit you or your child in school, driving, or sports. Mild prescriptions, if not corrected, can sometimes cause symptoms such as headaches and dry eye. Eye examinations check the health of the eye and can detect conditions or diseases before they permanently damage your vision. Eye examinations are very important for children at a young age to make sure the eye muscles are working together and each eye is seeing equally well. An undetected difference in the eye movement or refractive error can sometimes lead to a lazy eye.
What ages to you see for eye examinations?
Dr. Hassinger sees patients of all ages. For normal children the American Optometric Association recommends an initial examination at 6 months of age, at 3 years of age, before first grade, and every 1-2 years thereafter. As quoted by the AOA, “It has been estimated that as much as 80% of the learning a child does occurs through his or her eyes”. For Adults routine eye exams are also very important to check for vision changes and eye diseases and conditions. Dr Hassinger sees all range of ages: 6 months to 116 years old.
Do you treat medical conditions of the eye?
Of course. Among other things the doctor can treat eye infections, inflammation, dry eye and objects in the eye.