Doctors of optometry are health care professionals that
provide eye health and vision examinations, diagnose and treat vision
disorders and eye diseases, and evaluate how a patient's systemic
health impacts the ocular system. Optometrists are the only health
care professionals with a doctorate degree (O.D.) in vision and eyecare.
They treat vision problems with glasses and contact lenses as well
as prescribe pharmaceuticals related to the medical management of
eye diseases. Optometrists also perform certain surgical procedures
such as removal of foreign materials from the front of the eye.