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When your arms aren’t long enough to read the small print, when you suspect you may have a cataract, or when you want a durable pair of glasses for your 10 year old, where do you go? Optometrist, ophthalmologist, optician…
too many OPtions!

Optometrists – Doctors of optometry are independent primary health care providers who examine, diagnose, treat and manage eye diseases and vision disorders, and who are able to detect systemic disorders such as hypertension and diabetes. Optometrists also prescribe eyeglasses and contact lenses, as well as medicine to treat eye disease. Their education involves 4 years of undergraduate and 4 years of post graduate education.

Dr. Braim and I are both affiliated with THE LASER CENTER in Albany for laser vision correction including pre-op and post-op care.

Ophthalmologists-These professionals are physicians who
attended med school with a subsequent internship and residency. They specialize in medical and surgical eye care, also providing vision services such as eye exams. Some practitioners specialize in areas such as retinal
or corneal disorders.

Opticians-Opticians are technicians trained to design, verify and fit eyeglass lenses and frames, and contact lenses. They use prescriptions supplied by
optometrists or ophthalmologists but do not test vision or write prescriptions. Opticians are not licensed to diagnose or treat eye diseases.



It is the policy of this office to provide you, the patient, with the best possible optometric care, professional service. and top quality optometric materials. You simply cannot compromise on quality eye care. A 10 to 15 minute so-called ‘quick” eye exam is not quality care, nor is it professional care. In addition, discount eyewear is not always in the best interest of the patient.

The examination that you will receive will be a complete and detailed eye health analysis. During your examination, the doctor will carefully analyze many aspects of your visual system and general ocular health. In short, your examination is not simply for a “pair of glasses to make you see better.” It will also provide the doctor with a complete and accurate understanding of your total ocular health status, and of your complete visual requirements.

Just as important as the quality of the professional services rendered, the quality of the materials (frame and /or lenses) dispensed to you cannot be compromised. As a consumer, be aware that there are vast differences in the quality of ophthalmic lenses and frames available. So-called “cheap” eyeglasses are not necessarily a bargain, and may, in some instances, be useless or even detrimental to your exacting visual needs. Be assured that this office provides only first quality ophthalmic lenses and frames. You may also be assured that our licensed optician personally checks every lens and frame before they are dispensed to the patient.

It is, therefore, the policy of this office to provide our patients with both professional optometric care, and only top quality ophthalmic materials to fill your prescription requirements.

Lawrence Cusma OD