Optometrists are required to complete a four-year undergraduate degree in addition to another four years at an accredited optometry school.  They are required to complete a three-part national board examination in order to graduate.  Upon completion of the optometry program, an optometrist receives a Doctorate of Optometry degree.  Optometrists, including the doctors at Optic Gallery Sahara, perform routine pediatric and adult eye examinations.  They also perform medical eye examinations, including dilation of the eyes when necessary, evaluations for pink eye, dry eye, diabetes, cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, and many other eye conditions.  Optometrists are able to write prescriptions for glasses and contact lenses, as well as many medications including antibiotics for eye infections, allergy drops, dry eye treatments, and many more.  An optometrist does not perform major surgeries, although they can perform many minor in office procedures such as removal of debris (foreign bodies) from the eye. 

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