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Our services include: consultations, general eye exams, eye glasses exams, contact lens fittings, evaluations and initial exams for the medical and surgical diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases including, but not limited to, cataracts, glaucoma, corneal and laser surgeries.

Comprehensive eye exams are recommended yearly to maintain eye health. Some patients may require more frequent visits. Our doctors provide care to patients of all ages.

We provide optometry services in and around Huntington, West Virginia as well as Ashland, Kentucky and Ironton, Ohio.  Our reach also includes Charleston, West Virginia and the surrounding communities such as Teays Valley, Cross Lanes, Nitro, Hurricane, Milton and Winfield.  


We represent numerous brands in our optical center such as Ralph Lauren Polo, Oakley, Kate Spade, Lacoste, Izod, Ray Ban, Vera Bradley, Nautica and many others.  

There are two main types of eye doctors: Ophthalmologists and Optometrists. At West Virginia Rural Eye Care, we have both. Confused about which is which and who does what? Here's an outline of the differences between eye doctors.

Ophthalmologist: Total Eye Care

  • Ophthalmologists are physicians. They went to medical school. After medical school, they had a one-year internship and a residency of three or more years.
  • Ophthalmologists offer complete eye care services. These include:
    • Vision services, including eye exams
    • Medical eye care -- for conditions such as glaucoma, iritis, and chemical burns
    • Surgical eye care -- for trauma, crossed eyes, cataracts, glaucoma, and other problems
  • Diagnosis and treatment of eye conditions related to other diseases, such as diabetes or arthritis

 

Optometrists are also medical professionals but not physicians. After college, they spent four years in a program and got a degree in optometry. Some optometrists undergo additional clinical training after optometry school. They focus on regular vision care and prescribe eyeglasses and contacts. Services include:

  • Vision services such as eye exams
  • Treatment of conditions such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism
  • Prescribe and fit eyeglasses and contact lenses
  • Provide low vision aids and vision therapy
  • Diagnose eye conditions such as glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and conjunctivitis
  • Prescribe medications for certain eye conditions (in some states)
  • Participate in pre- or post-operative care for people who need surgery
  • Optometrists and ophthalmologists may work together to take care of you.

Optician: Eyeglasses and Contact Lenses

Opticians are not eye doctors and cannot give eye exams. They get a one- or two-year degree, certificate, or diploma. They fill the prescription that your eye doctor gives you. Services include:

  • Evaluate lens prescriptions
  • Provide, adjust, and repair glasses, frames, and contact lenses
  • Take facial measurements
  • Help decide which type of lenses and frame will work best
  • Order and check products, including contact and eyeglass lenses