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Yakima Vision Center has been serving the Yakima Valley for almost 25 years.  As primary care physicians, we are the frontline of eye and vision care.  Besides providing eyewear, we examine, diagnose, treat and manage diseases and disorders of the eye. We play a major role in a patient's overall health and well-being by detecting systemic diseases such as diabetes and hypertension.

OPTOMETRIC PHYSICIANS ARE PRIMARY EYECARE PROVIDERS

Doctors of Optometry are independent primary health care providers who examine, diagnose, treat, and manage diseases and disorders of the visual system, the eye, and associated structures, as well as diagnose related systemic conditions.

Optometric Physicians examine the internal and external structures of the eyes to diagnose eye diseases such as glaucoma, cataracts, and retinal disorders; systemic diseases, including hypertension and diabetes; and vision conditions such as near-sightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and presbyopia. They also perform tests to determine the patient's ability to focus and coordinate the eyes, and to judge depth and see colors accurately.

Optometrists prescribe eyeglasses and contact lenses, low vision aids, vision therapy, and medications to treat eye diseases, as well as perform certain surgical procedures.

As the nation's primary eye care providers, optometrists are an integral part of the health care team and an entry point into the health care system. They are skilled in the co-management of care that affects the health of the eye and the vision of their patients, and they are an excellent source of referral to other health care professionals.

Prior to optometry school, optometrists undergo three to four years of undergraduate study that typically culminates in a bachelor's degree with extensive, required coursework in areas such as advanced health, science and mathematics. Optometry school consists of four years of post-graduate, doctoral study concentrating on both the eye and systemic health. In addition to their formal training, doctors of optometry must undergo annual continuing education to stay current on the latest standards of care. For more information, visit www.aoa.org.

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