Texas embraces a team-based approach to patient care, which focuses on the collaboration between physicians, optometrists and opticians – each playing an important and unique role based on experience and training in ensuring patients’ eye health.
There is really no limit to the amount of cooperation possible between ophthalmologists and optometrists – both professions can work hand-in-hand to provide excellent patient care.
For instance, in Texas, optometrists refer patients they suspect of having glaucoma to an ophthalmologist within 30 days to confirm the diagnosis and coordinate care.
Glaucoma is a serious, complicated disease caused by fluid buildup in the eye that can lead to blindness if not properly overseen by a physician. Working together, the optometrist and ophthalmologist can manage this devastating disease.