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Old 05-16-2018, 08:29 AM
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I was in at an MD eye doc for a minor eye problem. I also need a new prescription for my eyeglasses ( 3 + years old). I asked who does the "refraction" testing for the new glasses, woman on the phone said we have several experienced techs that do that . when I was there I asked, the dr assistant in the room before the doc came in and said she did it , and I gathered her training was on the job , she said she had been there 2 years. I later asked the doc what training the assistant had and the doc said I trained her.
My other choice is an exam at costco by an optometrist who has been there over 3 years.
which would you choose?
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Old 05-16-2018, 08:32 AM
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the tech may do the actual refraction testing, how ever its the Doc that makes the final reading and decisions, either way your still seeing and optometrist.
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Old 05-16-2018, 08:38 AM
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doc is an ophthalmologist (dr) excuse spelling. costco person is an optometrist, the assitant is OJT trained
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I believe I'd find another ophthalmologist. I've never heard of an OJT person doing a refraction. However, if the Dr. comes in and does a final check I see nothing wrong with the assistant getting things in the ballpark, subject to verification. My ophthalmologist's assistant always presets the testing equipment based on my last prescription and the the Dr. does the testing starting from the preset setup.
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At my wife's practice, the techs do the refraction, and she (ophthalmologist) checks it and does the full exam. The time it takes to get retractions on some idiots would amaze you... "better 1 or better 2"... "well 1 is better in this areas, and 2 is better in these areas"... and so on. It's not rocket science to get a refraction and the best tech's can probably get a better/quicker prescription than many MDs/ODs.

She also has a folder of missed stuff from optometrists in the area as they try to manage glaucoma, miss detached retinas, etc. IMO, if you are young and just want a simple glasses/contact prescription, optom is fine. If you want a thorough exam, see an ophthalmologist.

Of course there are good and bad of both, so that should factor into who you see for eye care.
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I go through glasses at a pretty rapid rate. I take them off to work on something and end up sitting, kneeling, rolling over on them. For glasses I just go to Americas Best, $69.95 for two pair and an optometrist exam.
https://www.americasbest.com/ppc/2-p...SAAEgILU_D_BwE

I also have an eye problem I see an opthalmologist for.
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Old 05-16-2018, 07:26 PM
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Best eye exam was at a school . Took about 2 hours done by the students then check by the dr.
They checked And rechecked things no other eye doctor ever checked. There future depended on doing everything by the book.
Wife was an Optician .Glasses biggest markup imaginable .
most everything now is done by computers anyway.
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seems at some point a puter could do the eye refraction part, sometimes hard to tell which, a or b lens is better
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Originally Posted by edwardh1 View Post
I was in at an MD eye doc for a minor eye problem. I also need a new prescription for my eyeglasses ( 3 + years old). I asked who does the "refraction" testing for the new glasses, woman on the phone said we have several experienced techs that do that . when I was there I asked, the dr assistant in the room before the doc came in and said she did it , and I gathered her training was on the job , she said she had been there 2 years. I later asked the doc what training the assistant had and the doc said I trained her.
My other choice is an exam at costco by an optometrist who has been there over 3 years.
which would you choose?
The techs are fine. Most offices now have automatic refraction machines that can provide almost pinpoint accuracy. The check for astigmatism must be done manually, I believe. You don't need an ophthalmologist for this as it would drive up your costs. An optometrist is fine for routine eye checks.

Nothing wrong with Costco, either.
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Originally Posted by edwardh1 View Post
doc is an ophthalmologist (dr) excuse spelling. costco person is an optometrist, the assitant is OJT trained
if your only for vision, either one will take care of your prescription lenses. now if you have eye issues other than vision you will want the ophthalmologist.

your getting hung up on the tech with the OJT training. a monkey can be trained to do it. all the tech is doing is gather data! same as when you go to your medical dr. the girl taking your blood pressure, how much training does that "nurse" have? in reality she is most likely a medical assistant. a quick crash course and test, bam! certified medical assistant.
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