Would you like to decrease your dependency on glasses or contact lenses? This is now an option with the use of premium lifestyle lens implants. Individuals suffering from cataracts previously had only a monofocal lens implant option after surgery. NEW multifocal IOL technology provides multiple ranges of vision: near, intermediate and far, giving you the opportunity to reduce or even eliminate your dependency on glasses!
Did you know there is now advanced testing available for diagnosing macular degeneration? Macular Risk® is a DNA test that identifies genetic markers associated with Macular Degeneration. By analyzing these genetic markers along with smoking history, we can identify who needs more frequent eye examinations and who may benefit from eye vitamins.
Are you seeking clear vision without the hassles of glasses or contact lenses? There are many vision correction options available at Kaufman Eye Institute. Take our Vision Correction Self Test to learn what options are best for you!
The physicians and staff at the Kaufman Eye Institute take great pride in helping less fortunate countries receive the eye care that is much needed. Click here to learn about our most recent medical mission.
At Kaufman Eye Institute, we are pleased to serve the greater Tampa Bay Area, including Wesley Chapel, Sun City Center, Zephyrhills, and Bushnell, Florida. We invite you to meet our team of eye doctors, who are ready to serve you. Our staff consists of ophthalmologists, Dr. Stuart J. Kaufman, Dr. Selina Lin, and Dr. Roger Gstalder as well as optometrist Dr. Timothy Parker and a staff of opticians.
Often, the first question that people ask when searching for an eye doctor is: "What's the difference between an opthalmologist, an optometrist, and an optician?"
Here are some simple explanations of what each profession specializes in.
An ophthalmologist is a medical doctor who specializes in the medical and surgical treatment of eye diseases or other conditions. Ophthalmologists also often provide routine vision care services such as prescribing eyeglasses and contact lenses. The training required to become an ophthalmologist includes at least four years of medical school (after undergraduate college); a one-year internship in general medicine, usually at a hospital; and a three-year residency in ophthalmology at an accredited teaching program. At Kaufman Eye Institute, our Board-Certified Ophthalmologists specialize in Cataract Surgery, LASIK, Macular Degeneration, and Glaucoma Surgery.
Doctors of Optometry are health care providers that examine, diagnose and treat disorders of the eye and associated structures. At Kaufman Eye Institute, Our Board Certified Optometrist, Dr. Timothy Parker, provides comprehensive eye examinations and prescribes eye glasses, contact lenses and medications for eye conditions not requiring surgery. Dr. Timothy Parker specializes in pre and post operative care of cataract and refractive surgeries. Optometric education generally consists of four years of undergraduate study and an additional four years of optometry school. All optometrists must complete a multi part national board examination and practical skills assessment before becoming licensed.
An Optician is a professional who fits and dispenses eyewear directly to the consumer. They analyze and interpret prescriptions written by ophthalmologists or optometrists to determine which eyeglasses are best suited to the patient's lifestyle and visual needs. The optician takes eye measurements to insure proper lens placement in the eyeglasses' frame and verifies the accuracy of the finished product. They also may manufacture (grind) lenses from raw materials and cut them to fit into the frame. Opticians may hold an associate opticianry degree or may have apprenticed for a required number of hours. In most states that require an optician to be licensed, candidates must pass an examination given by the American Board of Opticianry (ABO). Some states also require that candidates pass a state board exam. We invite you to see all that Kaufman Eye Institute has to offer in designer eyewear, prescription eye glasses and prescription sunglasses, and custom contact lenses by visiting one of our Optical Shops.