Ophthalmologist-Optometrist Collaboration

Texas embraces a physician-led, team-based approach to patient care, which features collaboration among physicians, optometrists and opticians – each playing an important and unique role based on experience and training.

There is really no limit to the amount of cooperation possible when both professions work hand-in-hand to provide excellent patient care.

For instance, per Texas law, optometrists must 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.