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Why Focal Pointe?

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At Focal Pointe Eye Care, we believe there’s more to vision than seeing 20/20 today. Unlike many discount eye care chains and vision centers at major retail stores, we utilize the most up-to-date technology to identify and correct potential vision loss as early as possible—even in patients as young as six months. And as lifetime users of corrective lenses ourselves, we’ll make sure you receive all the care and training you need to look, see, and feel your best.

Focal Pointe opened its doors in 2008 to provide a family-friendly facility where patients of all ages can receive all the eye care services they need under one roof. Our goal is to ensure that you enjoy high-quality vision for a lifetime, and to treat you with the respect you deserve.

What is an Optometrist?

Focal_Pointe_Eye_Care_awardsDoctors 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.

Following an undergraduate degree and four-year doctorate program and national Board exams, optometrists in Ohio are licensed by the Ohio State Board of Examiners in Optometry. They are required to complete 25 hours of continuing education and a certified CPR course each year.

How is an Optometrist Different from Other Eye Care Professionals?

There’s a lot of confusion about the three “O” terms in eye care:

  • An Optician is not an eye doctor, but rather a licensed professional that fabricates, verifies, and delivers eyewear upon a doctor’s prescription.  The opticians of Focal Pointe are all licensed in the State of Ohio and have years of experience to insure that your eyewear is perfect for you.
  • An Optometrist is an eye doctor who is trained to diagnose and treat eye conditions, in addition to providing an accurate prescription for eyewear. Dr. Lyons is an optometrist who has also pursued extensive additional training and is active in the education of fellow optometrists and ophthalmologists.
  • An Ophthalmologist is a physician who went to medical school to perform eye surgery. Most patients see an ophthalmologist only after being referred by an optometrist.  Rest assured that if your ocular condition requires surgery, Dr. Lyons will find the right ophthalmologist for you.

What Does An Optometrist Do?

Focal_Pointe_Eye_Care_phoropter_angledAs primary eye care providers, optometrists are an integral part of the health care team and an entry point into the health care system.

Optometrists examine the internal and external structure of the eyes to diagnose eye diseases like glaucoma, cataracts and retinal disorders; systemic diseases such as hypertension and diabetes; and vision conditions like nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism and presbyopia. Optometrists also test to determine the patient’s ability to focus and coordinate the eyes, and to judge depth and see colors accurately.

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