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Re: [IP] Re: exam exams



Thanks, Andy.......I appreciate the advice.  I made an appt with an
opthamologist today.  This is a good starting point since we're so early
into diagnosis......
Sean, mom of Jake, 9 (dx 07/01, pumping 01/02)
Grapevine, TX
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Sent: Wednesday, August 07, 2002 10:13 PM
Subject: [IP] Re: exam exams


> First, it should be clarified that ophthalmologists are not "the best."
> There are excellent ophthalmologists, and there are very poor ones.  Most
> fall in between.  And the same goes for optometrists:  some are excellent,
> some are poor and most are in between.  Second, most optometrists (all I
have
> ever worked with) do dilate the eye and they do look at the back of the
eye.
> Again, generally speaking, they are very capable of diagnosing retinal
> problems such as those associated with diabetes.  What they cannot do is
> treat it should it need treatment.  Most optometrists are capable of
> determining when treatment is needed and when it is not.  The biggest
> differences between optometrists and ophthalmologists is that
> ophthalmologists are trained to treat systemic disease and perform
surgeries
> to treat pathology.  But even "surgery" lines are shifting.  ODs can
remove
> foreign bodies.  In OK they can use laser for some procedures, but not
> retinal treatment.  They cannot take out a cataract or remove an
appendix -
> but the ophthalmologist could.  I don't know of any who would do an
> appendectomy, but they could . . .  But an optometrist can take excellent
> care of your eyes.  If you concern is just new glasses - an optometrist
> (again generally) is the doc of choice.  The have much more training in
> binocular functions, refractions to get the glasses prescription and
clinical
> optics than the MDs have.  If you see an MD, your glasses prescription
will
> be largely determined by the technician who gets you ready for the MD.
> Again, this is not always the case, some MDs will refract you themselves.
> But not often.  The one big exception is in strabismus.  These
> ophthalmolgists who specialize in eye turns are pretty darn good with
> glasses.  But they are surgeons and will want to cut to reposition the
> muscles and straighten the eyes.
> My background to provide this viewpoint:  I have worked with optometrists
for
> about 10 years and for the last 3 have worked with ophthalmologists as a
tech
> nician.  Respect the doctor, regardless of the initials behind the name.
> They will take great care of you.
>
> Andy Winters, ABOM, COA, COMT-OTS
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