At Atlantis Eyecare we pride ourselves on the caliber of the team of doctors who care for our patients. Our patients soon learn that nothing is routine…everything is tailored to the unique needs of each person. Whether you need a comprehensive annual eye exam, or you are seeking among the best laser vision correction Torrance can provide, you search is over. You can trust your vision to the professionals at Atlantis Eyecare Torrance.
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Ophthalmologist or Optometrist?
At Atlantis Eye Care we are proud of our team of eye care specialists, which includes ophthalmologists and optometrists. Patients can confidently know that their total eye care needs are being met at a location local to them, whether they live in Orange County or Los Angeles. All eye care related services are provided, from annual state-of-the-art eye exams, to the most complex retina surgery and everything in between. It can be a little confusing to understand the difference between these two specialties and what they both provide.
An ophthalmologist is a medical or osteopathic doctor who has undergone three or more additional years of residency training at a hospital for a total of seven or eight years. During this time, intensive training is focused on medical and surgical treatment of eye diseases including retina surgery, glaucoma and all other forms of eye surgery. An ophthalmologist is licensed to practice medicine and perform surgery and can also provide routine eye care. They are required to stay current on the latest standards of care by attending courses related to their license. The term eye surgeon would apply to an ophthalmologist, but an ophthalmologist doesn't only perform surgery.
An optometrist is a highly trained eye care professional specializing in detecting eye diseases such as glaucoma or macular degeneration as well as examining the eyes to detect defects in sight. It is the task of the optometrist to prescribe corrective lenses and to refer to an ophthalmologist those who have been diagnosed with an eye condition potentially requiring eye surgery. They also are able to treat and monitor some types of eye disease.
Training in optometry is stringent. Applicants to optometry school must have completed a four year undergraduate program and have a bachelor’s degree. Once admitted to optometry school, they must complete a four-year program to earn their Doctor of Optometry degree. They are then entitled to use the initials DO after their name. Many of the optometrists at Atlantis Eye Care have completed additional residencies in other specialties such as geriatric eye care, pediatric eye care or in treating ocular disease. There are continuing education requirements that must be met to keep their licenses current. This ensures that patients are treated to the current standard of care as defined by the state licensing board.
Our Orange County Optometrists & Ophthalmologists
At Atlantis Eye Care we are proud to attract top-level optometrists to our team of eye care professionals. Our patients appreciate the convenience of seeing both their optometrist and their ophthalmologist in one Orange County location.
Our team of ophthalmologists and optometrists has many sub specialties allowing the patient access to a world-class specialist familiar with their problem. Whether it is one of our Torrance eye doctors who specializes in retina corneal transplants, cataract surgery, intraocular lens replacement or LASIK, we are confident that Los Angeles residents have eye care second to none.