Woman with green eyes, Eye Care in Montana


There are two main types of eye doctors: ophthalmologists and optometrists.

Ophthalmologist: Medical and Surgical Eye Care. They went to medical school. After that, they had a 1-year internship and a residency of 3 years. That's sometimes followed by a 1 to 2 years fellowship. They offer complete eye care services:

  • Vision services, including eye exams
  • Medical eye care -- for conditions like glaucoma, iritis, and chemical burns
  • Surgical eye care -- for trauma, crossed eyes, cataracts, glaucoma, and other problems
  • Diagnosis and treatment of eye conditions related to other diseases, like diabetes or arthritis
  • Plastic surgery -- to raise droopy eyelids or smooth out wrinkles

Optometrist (OD): Vision Care and Eye Care Services. Optometrists take care of primary health care for the eye. After college, they spent 4 years in a professional program and got a doctor of optometry degree. Some optometrists get additional clinical training or complete a specialty fellowship after optometry school. They focus on regular vision care and they:

  • Perform eye exams and vision tests
  • Treat conditions like nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism
  • Prescribe and fit eyeglasses and contact lenses
  • Provide low-vision aids and vision therapy
  • Detects diseases, injuries, and disorders related to the eyes.

Optician: Eyeglasses and Contact Lenses. Opticians aren’t eye doctors and can’t give eye exams. They get a 1- or 2-year degree, certificate, or diploma. They fill the prescription your eye doctor gives you. They also:

  • Check lens prescriptions
  • Provide, adjust, and repair glasses, frames, and contact lenses
  • Take facial measurements
  • Help decide which type of lenses and frames will work best
  • Order and check products, including contacts and eyeglass lenses
  • Functional Medicine
  • Hearing Specialist
  • MRI CT Scans


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Address: 4101 Ella Avenue
Great Falls, MT 59405

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