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Co-management is a collaborative approach to health care, where multiple professionals from different areas of expertise work together to provide comprehensive care to a patient. In eye care, this means an optometrist and an ophthalmologist working together to ensure your eyes receive the best possible treatment.

The Importance of Co-Management in Eye Care

The human eye is incredibly complex, and treating its various conditions requires a wide range of expertise. An optometrist excels at diagnosing eye conditions and prescribing corrective lenses, but they may not perform surgical procedures. On the other hand, an ophthalmologist who specializes in surgical treatments might not have the same experience with glasses and contact lenses.

By working together, these professionals can provide a comprehensive care plan that addresses all aspects of your eye health. This is the crux of co-management in eye care. It allows for a more holistic approach to your vision health, considering both medical and optical considerations.

Common Co-Managed Treatments in Eye Care

The most well-known treatments are likely LASIK and PRK, two types of refractive surgery used to correct common vision problems like myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism.

In both procedures, your optometrist will first diagnose your condition and determine whether you're a suitable candidate for surgery. They will then refer you to an ophthalmologist for the procedure itself. After the surgery, you will return to your optometrist for follow-up care and management of your vision.

Cataract surgery is another commonly co-managed treatment. Cataracts are a common condition in older adults, characterized by the clouding of the lens in the eye. Your optometrist will identify the problem during a routine check-up and refer you to an ophthalmologist for surgery. Post-surgery, you'll return to your optometrist, who will co-manage your recovery alongside the ophthalmologist.

Benefits of Co-Managed Treatments for Vision Health

The benefits of co-management in eye care are manifold. Firstly, it allows for a holistic approach to your vision health. Your optometrist and ophthalmologist can work together to create a comprehensive care plan that covers all aspects of your eye health, from diagnosis to treatment to post-operative care.

Secondly, co-management ensures continuity of care. By returning to your optometrist for post-operative care, you can maintain the relationship with your primary eye care provider. This continuity can be comforting, especially during the recovery period when you might be feeling vulnerable.

Lastly, co-management increases the chances of early detection and treatment of eye conditions. With multiple professionals monitoring your vision health, there's a higher chance that any potential issues will be caught early when they're easier to treat.


Co-management in eye care is a game-changer in the field of eye health, promising a more comprehensive, holistic approach to patient care. Whether you're considering LASIK, PRK, cataract surgery, or just a routine check-up, remember that you're not alone. Your optometrist and ophthalmologist are working together, with your best interests at heart, to ensure your vision stays clear and healthy.

For more information on co-managed eye treatments, visit Berris Optical at our office in Rocky River, Ohio. Please call 440-571-7100 to schedule an appointment today.

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