• Opticians fit and dispense prescription eyeglasses. They advise you on frame selection and lens types and coatings.
• Opticians work from orders written by optometrists and ophthalmologists.
• Opticians are not doctors and according to Illinois State Law, it is illegal for them to “read” a prescription from an existing pair of eyeglass lenses to make a new pair of glasses.
• Optometrists (OD) go to optometry school for four years after undergraduate studies and often do an extra year of residency.
• In addition to performing eye exams, optometrists diagnose, monitor, treat, and write prescriptions for many eye diseases and conditions. For a list of medical services Dr. Tabak offers, please go to: http://davidtabakod.com/medical-services/
• Optometrists are often the most up to date on current ophthalmic and contact lens products.
• Ophthalmologists (MD or DO) go to medical school for four years followed by four years of residency.
• Ophthalmologists perform eye surgery most commonly for cataracts and corrective eye surgery (LASIK).
• Optometrists refer and co-manage patients with ophthalmologists for conditions such as medically unmanageable glaucoma, cataract surgery, corneal transplants, and retinal problems.
Insurance companies, including Medicare and Medicaid, allow patients to see either an optometrist or ophthalmologist. As a full service optometric practice, we accept the following vision plans and major medical plans for medically related eye problems: http://davidtabakod.com/insurance/