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Epic Exam Our patients appreciate the highly trained, friendly staff of dedicated eye care professionals who help them understand every step of a procedure, from the initial assessment of the eyes to treatments and outpatient surgeries, follow up testing, fashion eyewear, and lens services.

We are strong believers that continuing education training is of utmost importance for all our eye care professionals. Our clinical staff is composed of COA (Certified Ophthalmic Assistant), COT (Certified Ophthalmic Technician), COE (Certified Ophthalmic Executive), LDO (Licensed Dispensing Dr. Boys Smith Exam Optician), ABO (American Board of Opticianry), and NCLE (National Contact Lens Examiners).

Our team provides patients with the comfort and relief that comes from knowing they are being cared for by caring and competent ophthalmologists & ophthalmic assistants.

We are a multi-cultural and multi-lingual clinic able to provide industry leading eye care in your language and/or culture.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment. Our opticians will be glad to answer any questions you may have concerning your glasses or contact lenses. Our ophthalmic technicians and administrative staff will also be happy to assist you with any other questions you may have.

Ophthalmologist (MD)

An ophthalmologist (Eye MD) is a medical doctor with additional specialized training in all aspects of eye care - medical, surgical and optical. Ophthalmologists are different from optometrists and opticians in their training and in what they can diagnose and treat. As a medical doctor, an ophthalmologist is licensed to practice medicine and surgery. An ophthalmologist diagnoses and treats all eye diseases, performs eye surgery and prescribes and fits eyeglasses and contact lenses. Ophthalmologists complete four years of college, four years of medical school, one year of internship, three years, at least, of residency (hospital based training) in the diagnosis and medical and surgical treatment of eye disorders and possibly one to two years of a fellowship for specialization such as Glaucoma, Retina or Cornea.

Optometrist (OD)

An optometrist is a doctor of optometry, licensed to practice optometry. Optometrists determine the need for eyeglasses and contact lenses, prescribe optical correction and screen abnormalities of the eye. In many states, optometrists can prescribe a limited number of drugs to help diagnose and treat certain eye conditions. Optometrists generally do not perform surgery. Optometrists attend two to four years of college and four years of optometric college.

Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA)

An ophthalmic assistant is an individual who works with an ophthalmologist (eye doctor) to provide patient care by performing many different eye-related clinical functions. Ophthalmic assistants help ophthalmologists care for patients by taking histories, performing various procedures and tests, and preparing patients to see the doctor. Their work provides the ophthalmologist with important information to help diagnose and treat patients. A typical day in the life of an ophthalmic assistant includes taking patient medical histories, instructing patients about medications, tests, and procedures, performing various vision and diagnostic tests, assisting ophthalmologists with patient procedures, coordinating patient scheduling, supervising and training other ophthalmic assistants.

Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT)

An ophthalmic technician is an individual who assists ophthalmologists collect data and measurements to allow the correct diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases and problems. The ophthalmic technician works directly with patients performing duties such as taking patient histories, taking eye measurements, tests eye muscle function, administering diagnostic tests and eye evaluations, explaining treatment procedures to patients, assisting with eye surgery, providing contact lens education, administering eye medications, and maintains optical and surgical instruments.

Certified Ophthalmic Executive (COE)

A Certified Ophthalmic Executive (COE) is an individual who has demonstrated that he/she has achieved a specific level of technical competence in ophthalmic administration as defined by the National Advisory Board for the Certification of Ophthalmic Administrators. It promotes excellence and professionalism in ophthalmic administration; recognizes individuals who possess the required levels of knowledge, skill, and abilities; assists employers in identifying individuals who meet nationally recognized standards in ophthalmic administration; and provides formal recognition for individuals who demonstrate competence in this field.

Licensed Dispensing Optician (LDO)

An optician, licensed by a state to make optical aids, fits, adjusts and dispenses eyeglasses, contact lenses and other optical devices on written prescriptions of a licensed ophthalmologist or optometrist. Dispensing opticians help patients select the size, color, and shape of their frames then measure the patients' faces to decide exactly where the lenses should be placed. After the eyeglasses have been made, the dispensing optician measures and adjusts the glasses for proper fit. Optical laboratory technicians grind, polish, measure, surface, finish, inspect, and mount the lenses into frames, and make sure that the lenses and frames fit properly. Training for an optician varies from a preceptorship to two years of opticianry school.

American Board of Opticianry (ABO)

An optician (see above) can also be certified by the American Board of Opticianry (ABO) which is a national not-for-profit organization for the voluntary certification of ophthalmic dispensers. ABO, certifies opticians - those who dispense and work with spectacles.

National Contact Lens Examiners (NCLE)

Just like ABO, NCLE is also a not-for-profit organization for the voluntary certification of ophthalmic dispensers. NCLE, the National Contact Lens Examiners, certifies those ophthalmic dispensers who fit and work with contact lenses and have shown exemplary proficiency in prescribing and fitting contact lenses tat are best suited for your eyes and needs.

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