Meet Our Doctors| Eye Clinic of Wisconsin (2022)

Meet our Providers

The Eye Clinic of Wisconsin’s doctors bring a wealth of experience and training to their work, offering expert specialty care for nearly any eye condition.

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    Mathew W. Aschbrenner, M.D.
    Board Certified Ophthalmologist
    Diseases & Surgery of the Retina & Vitreous

    Dr. Aschbrenner earned his medical degree from UWSMPH in Madison, WI in 2006. He completed his internship at Marshfield Clinic in Marshfield, WI before going to the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill to complete his ophthalmology residency. Dr. Aschbrenner completed his Vitreo-Retinal Disease Fellowship at Barnes Retina Institute/Washington University in Saint Louis, MO in 2012.

    Dr. Aschbrenner joined the Eye Clinic of Wisconsin in 2012.

    Specialties:
    Active Diabetic Retinopathy
    Complications after Cataract Surgery
    Epiretinal Membrane
    Intravitreal Injections
    Macular Degeneration
    Macular Hole
    Retinal Detachment
    Retinal Tears
    Subretinal Surgery
    Vein Occlusion

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    Douglas T. Edwards, M.D.
    Board Certified Ophthalmologist
    Comprehensive Ophthalmology
    Refractive Surgery

    Dr. Edwards received his Bachelor of Arts at Wartburg College in Waverly, IA in 1995. He earned his M.D. from the University of Iowa Medical School in Iowa City, IA, in 1999 and finished his internship at Gundersen Lutheran Hospital in La Crosse, WI, the following year. He completed his Ophthalmology Residency at the Mayo Clinic Department of Ophthalmology in Rochester, MN, 2003.

    In addition to scoring in the top 3% on his board exams, Dr. Edwards has performed thousands of eye surgeries and has certifications with the VISX laser, Intralase, and custom LASIK procedure, as well as being Board Certified and a member of AAO and ISRS. Dr. Edwards joined the clinic in 2003.

    Specialties:
    Blade-Free Custom ecLASIK
    Cataract Surgery
    iStent
    Premium Lens Implants
    PRK

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    John A. Flatter, M.D.
    Board Certified Ophthalmologist
    Comprehensive Ophthalmology
    Cataract Surgery

    Dr. Flatter graduated from the University of California in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry/Molecular Biology. He went on to earn his medical degree in 2015 from the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, and while there served as the Vice President of the American College of Physicians, Student Chapter.

    Dr. Flatter completed his internship at the Medical College of Wisconsin affiliated hospital, St. Joseph’s in Milwaukee, and his ophthalmology residency at Penn State Eye Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania. He has served with World Blindness Outreach in the Dominican Republic, providing care for cataract and corneal transplant patients.

    Dr. Flatter joined the Eye Clinic of Wisconsin in 2019.

    Specialties:
    Cataract Surgery
    Comprehensive Ophthalmology

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    Christopher M. Galang, D.O.
    Board Certified Ophthalmologist
    Pediatric Ophthalmology
    Ophthalmic Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

    Dr. Galang received his Bachelor of Science in pharmacology and toxicology from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1990. He earned his Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) from the University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1996, and finished his internship at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, Michigan, the following year. He completed his Ophthalmology Residency at the Detroit Osteopathic Ophthalmology Consortium in Pontiac, Michigan, in 2000.

    Dr. Galang has completed two fellowships; one in pediatric ophthalmology at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan in Detroit in 2001, and a second in ocular trauma and reconstructive surgery at the Kresge Eye Institute in Detroit, MI in 2002.

    Dr. Galang joined the clinic in 2002.

    Specialties:
    Blepharoplasty
    Elective Facial Cosmetic Surgery
    Ocular Trauma
    Orbital Reconstruction Surgery
    Pediatric Ophthalmology

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    Luis Ferdinand M. Galang, D.O.
    Board Certified Ophthalmologist
    Functional Plastic Surgery

    Dr. Galang received his Bachelor of Science in business administration from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1990. He earned his Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) from Des Moines University Osteopathic Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa, in 2000 and finished his internship at Michigan State University’s POH Medical Center in Pontiac, Michigan, the following year.

    He completed his Ophthalmology Residency at the Detroit Osteopathic Ophthalmology Consortium in Pontiac, Michigan, 2004. Dr. Galang finished his fellowship in ophthalmic and facial plastic surgery at Consultants in Ophthalmic & Facial Plastic Surgery in Southfield, Michigan, in 2005.

    Dr. Galang practiced in Troy, MI, before joining the clinic in 2007.

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    Christiana L. Gandy, M.D.
    Board Certified Ophthalmologist
    Glaucoma & Comprehensive Ophthalmology

    Dr. Gandy received her Bachelor degree in Music from Southeastern Louisiana University in 2007. Before attending medical school, she earned a Master and a Doctorate degree in piano performance from the University of Maryland. She then pursued her Doctor of Medicine degree atthe University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, graduating in 2017. The following year, she completed an internship at MedStar Harbor Hospital in Baltimore. She then completed her ophthalmology residency at New York Presbyterian Hospital – Weill Cornell Medical College in 2021, followed by Glaucoma Fellowship at the Duke Eye Center of Duke University in 2022.

    Dr. Gandy will join the Eye Clinic of Wisconsin in 2022.

    Specialties:
    Cataract Surgery
    Comprehensive Ophthalmology
    Glaucoma Surgery

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    Matthew G. Hattenhauer, M.D.
    Board Certified Ophthalmologist
    Glaucoma & Comprehensive Ophthalmology

    Dr. Hattenhauer received his Bachelor of Science from St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota, in 1987. He earned his M.D. from the University of Wisconsin, at Madison in 1992 and then completed a transitional year at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He finished his Ophthalmology Residency at the Mayo Clinic Department of Ophthalmology in Rochester, Minnesota, in 1996. He remained there for his glaucoma fellowship, which he completed in 1997.

    Dr. Hattenhauer was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Ophthalmology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, before joining the clinic in 1999.

    Specialties:
    Cataract Surgery
    Glaucoma Surgery

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    Thaddeus J. Krolicki, M.D.
    Board Certified Ophthalmologist
    Diseases & Surgery of the Retina & Vitreous

    Dr. Krolicki received his Bachelor of Science in biology from Stanford University in Stanford, California, in 1980 and continued on at Stanford to earn his Master of Science in biology in 1981. He earned his M.D. from the University of Missouri at Columbia in 1986. He completed his surgical internship at Letterman Army Medical Center in San Francisco, California, the following year, and completed his Ophthalmology Residency at Brooke Army Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, Texas, in 1992.

    Dr. Krolicki was a Fellow in retina, vitreous and intraocular tumor at Wills Eye Hospital, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, finishing in 1994. He is an Associate Examiner of the Board for the American Board of Ophthalmology and was Co-Director of Vitreous and Retina Service at Madigan Army Medical Center, Fort Lewis, Washington, before joining the clinic in 1999.

    Specialties:
    Active Diabetic Retinopathy
    Complications after Cataract Surgery
    Epiretinal Membrane
    Intravitreal Injections
    Macular Degeneration
    Macular Hole
    Retinal Detachment
    Retinal Tears
    Vein Occlusion

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    Christopher J. Kucharski, M.D.
    Board Certified Ophthalmologist
    Comprehensive Ophthalmology & Glaucoma

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    Dr. Kucharski received his undergraduate degree in biology from Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio, in 2000. He went on to earn his medical degree from Loyola University’s Stritch School of Medicine in Maywood, Illinois, and completed his internship in the Indiana University School of Medicine’s Department of Surgery.

    Dr. Kucharski completed his ophthalmology residency at Indiana University School of Medicine’s Department of Ophthalmology before he went on to his Glaucoma Fellowship in the University of Wisconsin’s Department of Visual Sciences.

    Dr. Kucharski joined the Eye Clinic of Wisconsin in 2010.

    Specialties:
    Cataract Surgery
    Glaucoma Surgery
    iStent
    Premium Lens Implants
    Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty
    Surgical Correction of Astigmatism

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    Deepak Sambhara, M.D.
    Board Certified Ophthalmologist
    Medical Retina and Diseases of the Vitreous

    Dr. Sambhara received his Bachelor of Arts at the University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia, PA in 2008. He earned his M.D from the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Peoria, IL in 2014 and finished his internship at Banner University Medical Center in Phoenix, AZ the following year. He completed his Ophthalmology Residency at the Penn State Eye Center in Hershey, PA in 2018.

    After residency, Dr. Sambhara spent an additional year of training at Duke Eye Center in Durham, NC, where he completed a fellowship in medical retina and diseases of the vitreous cavity. There, he was trained in cutting edge angiographic techniques for diagnosing and managing retinal vascular diseases, and was exposed to novel drug design research for Age Related Macular Degeneration.

    Dr. Sambhara has received research funding and travel grants to present at many national meetings, including ARVO and ASCRS, and is an active member of AAO and ASRS. Dr. Sambhara joined the clinic in 2019.

    Specialties:
    Active Diabetic Retinopathy
    Intravitreal Injections
    Macular Degeneration
    Medical Retina
    Photodynamic Therapy
    Retinal Lasers
    Retinal Tears
    Vein Occlusion

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    Afua A. Shin, M.D.
    Board Certified Ophthalmologist
    Cornea and External Disease
    Refractive Surgery

    Dr. Shin received her undergraduate degree in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology from Yale University, New Haven, CT, in 2009. From 2009-2010, she led an independent research project at the Tokyo Ariake University of Medical and Health Sciences in Tokyo, Japan. She earned her medical degree from Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO, in 2014.

    The following year, Dr. Shin finished her internship at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, IL, and went on to complete her ophthalmology residency there in 2018.

    Dr. Shin completed a fellowship in Cornea and External Diseases at the University of California Davis in July of 2019.

    Dr. Shin joined the Eye Clinic of Wisconsin in 2019.

    Specialties:
    Blade-Free Custom ecLASIK
    Cataract Surgery
    Cornea/External Disease
    DMEK Corneal Transplants
    DSEK Corneal Transplants
    PRK

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    David C. Tuman, M.D.
    Board Certified Ophthalmologist
    Comprehensive Ophthalmology

    Dr. Tuman received his Bachelor of Arts in economics from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, in 1987. He earned his M.D. from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1991 and completed his internship at Fitzsimons Army Medical Center in Aurora, Colorado, the following year. He finished his Ophthalmology Residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC, in 1997.

    After completing assignments to Tripler Army Medical Center in Hawaii and Blanchfield Army Community Hospital at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, Dr. Tuman joined the clinic in 2000.

    Specialties:
    Comprehensive Ophthalmology

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    Jesse A. Birsching, O.D.
    Comprehensive Optometry
    Low Vision and Custom Contact Lenses

    Dr. Birsching received his Bachelor of Science in Vision Science in 2018 and Doctorate of Optometry (O.D.) in 2021 from the Michigan College of Optometry in Big Rapids, Michigan. Dr. Birsching completed clinical internships in the low vision and contact lens department of Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia, the Northern Indiana Healthcare System in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, and the Eye Clinic of Wisconsin in Wausau.

    Dr. Birsching practiced in private practices in Central and Northern Wisconsin prior to joining the Eye Clinic of Wisconsin in 2022. He has a special interest in prescribing customized optical devices ranging from specialty contact lenses to individualized low vision aids. Dr. Birsching believes that in addition to managing the health of the eyes, it is important to provide the best quality of vision possible to promote better functional independence and quality of life.

    Specialties:
    Comprehensive Optometry
    Custom Contact Lenses
    Eyeglass Prescriptions
    Low Vision Services
    Telescopic & Bioptic Vision Aids

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    Benjamin R. Clark, O.D.
    Comprehensive Optometry

    Dr. Clark graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and Indiana University- School of Optometry. He completed hisinternships, including comprehensive optometry, at Eye Surgeons of Indiana and Patuxent River Naval Air station in Maryland. He is an active member of the Wisconsin Optometric Association and the American Optometric Association.Dr. Clark practiced at Eye Physician Associates, S.C. in Milwaukee, WI for over 5 years before joining the clinic in 2016.

    Specialties:
    Comprehensive Optometry

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    Jennifer N. D’Acquisto, O.D.
    Comprehensive Optometry

    Dr. D’Acquisto graduated from Ripon College in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and a Chemistry minor. She attended the University of Missouri, St. Louis College of Optometry, and earned her Doctor of Optometry (O.D.) there in 2012.

    In 2011, Dr. D’Acquisto served as the President of the American Optometric Student Association, UMSL chapter. She has volunteered with VOSH (Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity) in Honduras, performing eye exams for Hondurans in need.

    Dr. D’Acquisto previously worked at Norton Sound Health Corporation in Northwestern Alaska, providing care to the rural population in numerous villages, before joining the Eye Clinic of Wisconsin in 2018.

    Specialties:
    Comprehensive Optometry
    Eyeglass Prescriptions

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    Gina L. Heck, O.D.
    Board Certified Optometrist
    Comprehensive Optometry

    Dr. Heck received her Bachelor of Science in visual science (BSVS) from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, in 1995. She earned her Doctor of Optometry (O.D.) from the Indiana University School of Optometry in Bloomington, Indiana, in 1997, concurrent with her internship at the University of Miami’s Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami, FL.

    She completed her Optometric Residency at the Kansas City VA Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1998. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, and practiced in Central and Northern Wisconsin before joining the Eye Clinic of Wisconsin in 2003.

    Specialties:
    Comprehensive Optometry
    Contact Lens Fitting
    Eyeglass Prescriptions

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    Amanda B. Hoffmann, O.D.
    Comprehensive Optometry

    Dr. Hoffmann graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire and the Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago. Her externship rotations include the Clement J Zablocki VA Medical Center in Milwaukee, The Lighthouse Center for the Blind and the Illinois Eye Institute, both in Chicago.

    She is an active member of the Wisconsin Valley Optometric Society, the Wisconsin Optometric Association and the American Optometric Association. She previously served as the President of the Wisconsin Valley Optometric Society, and regularly volunteers for the Special Olympics Opening Eyes Program.

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    Dr. Hoffmann practiced in Stevens Point before joining the Eye Clinic of Wisconsin in 2014.

    Specialties:
    Comprehensive Optometry
    Contact Lens and Specialty Lens Fitting
    Emergency Eye Services
    Eyeglass Prescriptions
    Pediatric Eye Care

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    Matthew J. Johnson O.D.
    Board Certified Optometrist
    Comprehensive Optometry

    Dr. Johnson received his Bachelor of Science in visual science (BSVS) and his Doctorate of Optometry (O.D.) from the Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago, Illinois in 1999. He had completed his pre-optometric coursework at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. He completed his Optometric Residency at the Manchester VAMC in Manchester, New Hampshire, in 2000.

    After two years at a private practice, he worked at Veterans Administration Medical Centers in White River Junction, Vermont, and Madison, Wisconsin, and in the University of Wisconsin Department of Ophthalmology before joining the clinic in 2008.

    Specialties:
    Comprehensive Optometry
    Contact Lens Fitting
    Eyeglass Prescriptions

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    Katie J. Michalski, O.D.
    Comprehensive Optometry

    A native of Central Wisconsin, Dr. Michalski graduated from University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She obtained a Bachelor of Science in Visual Science (BSVS) in 2006, and earned her Doctor of Optometry (O.D.) in 2009 from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in Philadelphia, PA.

    Dr. Michalski interned at the VA in Charleston, SC, and Denver, CO. She also worked at the Marshfield Clinic before joining the Retina Team here at the Eye Clinic of Wisconsin in 2016.

    Specialties:
    Comprehensive Optometry
    Diabetic Eye Exams
    Emergency Eye Services
    Macular Degeneration

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    Rick L. Scalcucci, O.D.
    Comprehensive Optometry
    Low Vision and Sports Vision Services

    Dr. Scalcucci received his Bachelor of Science in visual science (BSVS) from the Michigan College of Optometry at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan, in 1987. He earned his Doctor of Optometry (O.D.) from Michigan College of Optometry at Ferris State University, Big Rapids, Michigan, the same year.

    Dr. Scalcucci practiced optometry in St. Paul, Minnesota, and Wausau, Wisconsin, for eleven years before joining the clinic in 1997.

    Specialties:
    Comprehensive Optometry
    Contact Lens and Specialty Lens Fitting
    Diabetic Eye Exams
    Emergency Ocular Health Care
    Sports Vision

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    Lori J. Fish, Au.D.
    Comprehensive Audiology

    Dr. Fish received her BS and MS degrees from UW Stevens Point. In 2012, she received her doctorate in Audiology from A.T. Still University in Arizona.

    Dr. Fish previously practiced at Fort Healthcare Audiology in Ft. Atkinson, Wisconsin. A native of Stevens Point, she returned to Central Wisconsin in 2014 and joined the Eye Clinic of Wisconsin as the Hearing Center’s Audiologist.

    “Hearing loss can bring about isolation, as it affects communication so greatly. There is great professional fulfillment in knowing that you are helping to put people back in better touch with their loved ones.” – Dr. Fish

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FAQs

Do you call an optometrist a doctor? ›

Optometrists are eye care professionals who provide primary vision care ranging from sight testing and correction to the diagnosis, treatment and management of vision changes. An optometrist is not a medical doctor.

What is an eye doctor called? ›

An ophthalmologist — Eye M.D. — is a medical or osteopathic doctor who specializes in eye and vision care. Ophthalmologists differ from optometrists and opticians in their levels of training and in what they can diagnose and treat.

What do opticians do? ›

Opticians design and fit eyewear, this includes spectacles, contact lenses, low vision aids and other specialized optical devices. We interpret the prescription from the eye doctor and determine the best way to fill it. Every pair of glasses or contact lenses is custom designed for that patient's specific needs.

Is it better to go to an optometrist or ophthalmologist? ›

Visit your medical optometrist for primary medical eye care, including eye medication prescriptions, monitoring and managing eye diseases, or emergency eye care services. Visit an ophthalmologist for interventions like surgical treatments for serious eye diseases, advanced ocular problems, or refractive eye surgery.

How much does an optician make? ›

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that opticians make a median annual income of $37,570 or $18 per hour.

What can opticians see behind the eye? ›

The Optician uses an ophthalmoscope or Volk lens to examine the retina at the back of the eye, including the blood vessels and the front of the optic nerve. This important test can detect changes which can indicate diseases such as diabetes or high blood pressure.

What is the major cause of blindness? ›

Cataract is a clouding of the eye's lens and is the leading cause of blindness worldwide, and the leading cause of vision loss in the United States. Cataracts can occur at any age because of a variety of causes, and can be present at birth.

What is the difference between an OD and an MD eye doctor? ›

Because ophthalmologists are medical doctors (MDs), they are trained to diagnose all eye diseases as well as to surgically treat patients dealing with an ocular disorder or disease. Optometrists, on the other hand, primarily focus on vision care and correction to a vision change diagnosis.

Do opticians make a lot of money? ›

Opticians made a median salary of $38,530 in 2020. The best-paid 25 percent made $50,150 that year, while the lowest-paid 25 percent made $30,540.

When should I see an ophthalmologist? ›

Loss of vision or decreased vision in one or both eyes. Changes in vision such as sudden spots, flashes of light, lightning streaks or jagged lines of light, wavy or watery vision, blurry faces, distortions or wavy lines, haloes around lights, double vision.

What is the difference between an optometrist and an optician? ›

Opticians are technicians who fit eyeglasses, contact lenses, and other vision-correcting devices. Optometrists examine, diagnose, and treat patients' eyes. Ophthalmologists are eye doctors who perform medical and surgical treatments for eye conditions.

Can an optometrist diagnose macular degeneration? ›

To check for macular degeneration, a dilated eye exam is necessary. Make an appointment with a doctor who specializes in eye care — an optometrist or an ophthalmologist. He or she can perform a complete eye exam.

Can optometrists diagnose eye diseases? ›

An optometrist, on the other hand, can examine, diagnose, treat, manage and help prevent diseases and disorders affecting the visual system, the eye and related structures, as well as check an individual's prescription and prescribe eyewear.

What is astigmatism in your eye? ›

Astigmatism occurs when the cornea or lens is curved more steeply in one direction than in another. You have corneal astigmatism if your cornea has mismatched curves. You have lenticular astigmatism if your lens has mismatched curves. Either type of astigmatism can cause blurred vision.

What state pays licensed opticians the most? ›

1. Alaska
Total Optician Jobs:14
Average Annual Salary:$45,032
Lowest 10 Percent Earn:$38,000
Highest 10 Percent Earn:$52,000
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How much do contact lens opticians earn? ›

The average salary for a Contact Lens Optician is £32,647 per year in United Kingdom, which is 8% lower than the average Specsavers salary of £35,817 per year for this job.

How do I become a successful optician? ›

Managing Eye Care: 6 Skills Every Optician Should Have
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  2. Inventory Insight. ...
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  5. Top Notch Customer Service. ...
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What is the difference between an MD and an OD? ›

Answer From Brent A. Bauer, M.D. A doctor of osteopathic medicine (D.O.) is a fully trained and licensed doctor who has attended and graduated from a U.S. osteopathic medical school. A doctor of medicine (M.D.) has attended and graduated from a conventional medical school.

Is an ophthalmologist a doctor? ›

An ophthalmologist is an eye care specialist. Unlike optometrists and opticians, ophthalmologists are doctors of medicine (MD) or doctors of osteopathy (DO) with specific training and experience in diagnosing and treating eye and vision conditions.

Is an optometrist a doctor in Canada? ›

Optometrists are healthcare professionals who provide primary vision care to diagnose, manage, and treat conditions and diseases of the eyes and visual system. An optometrist is licensed to practice optometry but is not considered a medical doctor.

Can optometrist prescribe Vuity? ›

Vuity is available in pharmacies across the US, and can be prescribed by eye doctors (optometrists or ophthalmologists).

What is the lowest paid type of doctor? ›

Pediatricians earn on average $221,000 and work an average of 47 hours per week, yielding an average hourly wage of $94. It should be noted that pediatricians have the lowest annual salary out of any specialty on our list; however, they also work fewer hours than most specialties.

Why choose a DO over an MD? ›

MDs generally focus on treating specific conditions with medication. DOs, on the other hand, tend to focus on whole-body healing, with or without traditional medication. They generally have a stronger holistic approach and have been trained with additional hours of hands-on techniques.

Is MD school easier than DO? ›

a DO program. Practically speaking, however, it is more difficult to get into an MD program vs. a DO program. During the 2021–2022 academic year, the average MCAT and GPA for students entering U.S. MD programs were 511.9 and 3.74, respectively.

What does Medicare cover for eyes? ›

Medicare does not cover routine eye exams for eyeglasses or contact lenses. However, a yearly eye exam is covered by Medicare Part B for those living with diabetes and diabetic retinopathy. Eye exams for diagnostic purposes, such as testing for glaucoma or macular degeneration, may also be covered.

What can an ophthalmologist do that an optometrist Cannot? ›

Ophthalmologists can provide all the services optometrists can—they can treat eye diseases, prescribe medication, and fit eyeglasses and contact lenses to correct vision problems. In addition, ophthalmologists are licensed to practice medicine and perform surgery.

Does Medicare cover eye problems? ›

Routine eye care services, such as regular eye exams, are excluded from Medicare coverage. However, Medicare does cover certain eye care services if you have a chronic eye condition, such as cataracts or glaucoma. Medicare covers: Surgical procedures to help repair the function of the eye due to chronic eye conditions.

Which country is best for optometrist? ›

Conclusion
RankCountryOptometry schools
1United States23
2Australia7
3United Kingdom12
4Canada2
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How much money does an optometrist make in Canada? ›

The average optometrist salary in Canada is $37,050 per year or $19 per hour. Entry-level positions start at $28,275 per year, while most experienced workers make up to $129,750 per year.

Is becoming an optometrist hard? ›

Optometry school can be difficult especially as a first-year student in a new city and new environment. Here are some tips to make it through. Optometry school is challenging enough. It is particularly difficult as a first-year student in a new environment and oftentimes a new city.

Who should not use Vuity? ›

VUITY is contraindicated in patients with known hypersensitivity to the active ingredient or to any of the excipients. Patients should be advised to exercise caution in night driving and other hazardous occupations in poor illumination. In addition, miotics may cause accommodative spasm.

How long does a bottle of Vuity last? ›

How long does one vial last? VUITY comes in a 2.5mL bottle which is estimated to last approximately a month if used once a day every day in both eyes.

Do I have to use Vuity every day? ›

Vuity is an eye drop solution you apply in the morning to have better vision throughout the day. We recommend applying one drop to each eye daily. The drops start working after 15 minutes, and the effects last for up to six hours. The drop's effectiveness will increase after 30 days of use.

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