Merry Christmas and happy holidays from all of us here at Gelman Vision! As you gather with your loved ones to share holiday cheer, take time to be thankful for your vision. For those of us with healthy eyesight, our vision is one of the key ways we interact with the world and people around us. That’s why vision problems can be so disruptive to our lives.

If you’re having vision problems, you may need to schedule an appointment after the holidays with your McAllen optometrist. Here at Gelman Vision, Dr. Armando Reyes, O.D., offers exceptional care as an optometrist, helping patients recover from eye conditions and manage eye issues. Keep reading to learn more about what an optometrist does and whether you need an optometrist or an ophthalmologist for your eye problems.

How an Optometrist Can Help You

Optometrists serve as primary health providers for your eyes. This means they serve as one of the first lines of defense between patients and common eye and vision issues. You can visit an optometrist for the following services:

  • Vision Tests — Learn about the state of your vision and decide on treatment.
  • Diagnosing Eye Problems — Identify any common eye problems, including eye diseases, ocular injuries, and vision defects.
  • Diagnosing Diseases — Eye exams can be used to diagnose some types of serious health conditions, including certain autoimmune diseases, diabetes, glaucoma, and macular degeneration.
  • Providing Treatment — Optometrists can either provide treatment or refer you to another doctor for treatment of more serious issues.

How Do Optometrists and Ophthalmologists Differ?

The services provided by ophthalmologists and optometrists overlap somewhat, but there are some key differences. When it comes to similarities, both offer eye exams, vision tests, and diagnoses of eye diseases and conditions. However, ophthalmologists can provide more specialized treatment for serious eye problems. Unlike an optometrist, an ophthalmologist can provide surgical treatment for eye issues, including cataract surgery, vision correction surgery, corneal transplant surgery, and more. 

It’s important to keep in mind that most ophthalmologists and some optometrists do not offer vision tools like glasses or contacts.

No matter whether you need care from an optometrist or an ophthalmologist, you can come see us at Gelman Vision. Our optometrist Dr. Reyes, O.D., works alongside our ophthalmologist Dr. Rachel Gelman, M.D., to provide top-quality vision care in McAllen. 

Come See Your McAllen Optometrist at Gelman Vision

The whole team at Gelman Vision is wishing you a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year! If you’re having problems with your vision this holiday season, you can schedule an appointment for an eye exam with one of our highly qualified McAllen eye doctors. After all, great vision is one of the greatest gifts of all!

Here at Gelman Vision, we’re proud to offer exceptional vision care services to patients in McAllen and the surrounding area. When you come visit us, you can rest assured that your needs come first.

Have a happy Christmas, and come see a McAllen optometrist at Gelman Vision for your vision care needs!

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