When it comes to getting a contact lens prescription, your eye care professional is the one who needs to provide it. They should also ask you to sign a confirmation that you have received a copy of your prescription. This is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's Eyeglasses Rule, which requires ophthalmologists and optometrists to give patients a copy of their prescription, regardless of whether they ask for it or not. In New York State, optometrists must pass an intensive three-part exam, including a hands-on or hands-on exam.
This is done using instruments such as the ophthalmoscope, which allows the optometrist to see the back of the eye. Additionally, they must have completed a four-year graduate program of classroom and clinical training that resulted in the doctor of optometry (O.) Some New York optometrists have additional state certification to treat eye infections and other eye diseases; you can consult these doctors about these less common conditions. If you are experiencing any symptoms such as eye pain, redness, blurred vision, headaches or eye strain after visual tasks, it is best to consult an optometrist. Optometrists should keep patient records for six years or until the patient turns 22, whichever lasts longer.
They are independent primary health care providers who examine, diagnose, treat and manage diseases and disorders of the visual system. It is important to remember that the Eyeglasses Rule does not apply to ophthalmologists or optometrists employed by any federal, state, or local government entity. Furthermore, New York optometrists must show a current New York registration certificate; this certificate lists the professional's name, address, and dates of the registration period.