Optometrist Vs. Ophthalmologist


What is the difference between an optometrist and an ophthalmologist?

An optometrist is a doctor of optometry (OD) licensed to examine and treat eyes and their diseases.  An ophthalmologist is a medical doctor (MD) who has specialized in eyes.  Ophthalmologists perform surgeries where an optometrist cannot.


Optometrists are the experts when it comes to eyeglass prescriptions!  At Opia Vision Center, our optometrists also diagnose, treat, and monitor eye conditions like glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy.  Since our optometrists work closely with our ophthalmologists they also are very involved with pre and postoperative care for patients who need surgery.


Dry Eye Syndrome


Dry eye syndrome is caused by a chronic lack of sufficient lubrication and moisture on the surface of the eye.  In most cases dry eye can be managed successfully through proper care and regular eye exams.  Left untreated, dry eye can cause significant inflammation and even scarring of the cornea (the clear front covering of the eye).


Symptoms of Dry Eye:

  • Stinging or burning
  • Episodes of excess tearing
  • Discharge
  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Scratchy sensation or the feeling that something is in the eye

Dry Eye

Dry Eye Treatment Options...

Dry Eye Treatment Options


Dry eye syndrome has many treatment options based on the severity.  Four of the treatment options that are most prevalent than the rest are artificial tears, medicated drops, punctal plus, and PROKERA®. These treatment options can be used combined or separate depending on the severity, which is why having routine eye exams is crucial to the management of dry eye syndrome.


Opia Vision Center has been a dry eye care center of excellence for the past 3 years.  What does that mean for you?  We have access to the latest technology and treatment options for dry eye syndrome.  Also, it means we are the experts on dry eye!  Make an appointment for a dry eye evaluation today!

PROKERA® is a therapeutic device used by eye doctors around the world to protect, repair and heal damaged eye surfaces. PROKERA® is made by clipping a piece of amniotic membrane tissue in between two rings made out of a clear, flexible material.

Insurance - Vision

Medical vs. Vision Insurance


One of the most challenging billing issues in an ophthalmology office is whether we should be billing the medical or vision plan.


Your medical insurance may cover a medical eye problem, but not pay for the exam if it is a "routine" eye exam. If you have a medical problem (infection, corneal disorders, diabetes, a lazy eye, cataracts, glaucoma suspect, dry eye, double vision, etc.), your visit is considered a medical problem and can be billed to your medical plan.


Many medical plans are no longer paying for eye exams because of a diagnosis of blurred vision or a headache. They are considering this a routine vision exam and are often not paying for the exam.


Vision plans provide coverage for routine exams, glasses, and contact lenses, or at least give you some type of discount on the doctor’s fees. If you have trouble with your vision (nearsighted, farsighted, astigmatism, etc.), your visit is considered a vision problem and can be billed to your vision plan.


Our billers will determine the appropriate plan (medical or vision) to file your claim, based on the results of your exam. Contact us by email or, call us at 713-864-8652 to make an appointment!


 DISCLAIMER - At Opia Vision Center we regard patient education just as important as diagnosis; therefore, we have provided answers to many questions you may have. Please note that this information serves to educate patients on common conditions, NOT to diagnose them. Please consult with your eye care physician for specific answers as he or she will know what is best for your eye. Come see us at Opia Vision Center to receive your evaluation today! - 713-405-7646

1740 W 27th Street, Suite 180

Houston, Texas 77008


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