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How can I find an eye doctor near me?

Our locator makes it easy to find an eye doctor in your local area. Simply tap the geolocation symbol next to the address field, and your current location will automatically appear. If you want to find an eye doctor in a different location, you may enter a street address or zip code manually.

What information is provided about eye doctors near me?

Our locator practice listings provide an address, phone number, and mapped driving directions. Some enhanced listings include lists of services, office hours, photos and more.

How can I find an eye doctor near me who accepts my vision insurance?

Many of the eye doctor listings in our locator have information about which insurance plans are accepted by the practice. To find an eye doctor who accepts payment from your plan, select your plan from the drop-down.

Not all listings include vision insurance information, so if your plan-specific search doesn’t produce enough results, try selecting “I’ll pay for myself.”

Can I schedule an eye exam near me?

Some eye doctors provide the ability to begin the appointment scheduling process online, and some include a calendar of available dates. To contact other practices, a tap-to-call button is provided.

Does the locator include eyeglass stores near me?

The locator includes eye doctors – optometrists and ophthalmologists – and eyeglass stores, some of which may have eye doctors on the premises.

Should I see an optometrist, ophthalmologist, or optician for my eye exam?

Here are descriptions of these professions as they are practiced in the United States:

An optometrist (OD) is an eye doctor who performs comprehensive eye exams, prescribes eyeglasses and contact lenses for vision correction, and provides pre- and post-operative care for patients undergoing LASIK and other eye surgery performed by an ophthalmologist. Optometrists also are trained to diagnose and treat eye infections and other eye problems and diseases, including glaucoma. Some ODs also provide low vision services, vision therapy and other eye care services. An optometrist must complete a four-year doctorate program in optometry and many ODs complete a postgraduate residency with advanced study in a specific area of eye care.

An ophthalmologist is a medical doctor (MD) or osteopathic doctor (DO) who specializes in eye and vision care. Ophthalmologists perform eye exams, diagnose and treat disease, prescribe medication and perform eye surgery. They also write prescriptions for eyeglasses and contact lenses. An ophthalmologist must complete four years of medical school, one year of internship, and at least three years of residency (hospital-based training) in the diagnosis and medical and surgical treatment of eye disorders.

An optician is not an eye doctor and therefore cannot perform eye exams; diagnose or treat eye and vision problems; or write prescriptions for eyeglasses, contact lenses or medications. Opticians fit and sell eyeglasses that are prescribed by an optometrist or ophthalmologist; they also fit and sell sunglasses and other non-prescription eyewear. There is no education standard for opticians, but some states have training and licensure requirements for opticians; and in some states, opticians can become certified to fit contact lenses prescribed by an eye doctor.