February 18, 2020 at 5:23 am | What’s the Difference between an Ophthalmologist and an Optometrist— And What Does it Mean for Your Eye Care?

Maintaining healthy vision is essential to every aspect of daily life—so it’s important to see the eye care professional best suited to addressing your concerns. For example, should you see an optometrist or an ophthalmologist, and what exactly is the difference? Let’s take a closer look at these two critical eye care professionals and what they do.


When discussing eye care and health, you often hear the terms ophthalmologist and optometrist used together. Both types of eye care professionals see patients and provide diagnostic and therapeutic care. But there are some important differences.

Ophthalmologists are MDs who specialize in eye care. After completing their undergraduate degree, they receive a 4-year medical school education, followed by a 1-year internship, 3-year residency, and sometimes a 1- to 2-year fellowship to hone their clinical and surgical skills.

Optometrists, by contrast, are typically primary care providers for the eyes. After earning an undergraduate degree, optometry students enter a 4-year professional program (not medical school) in which they earn a doctor of optometry degree. After optometry school, some go on to get additional clinical training or to enter a fellowship program.


As the two professions differ in training, they also differ in the services they provide. Extensive medical training and experience prepares your ophthalmologist to…

  • Perform all eye exams and vision tests
  • Diagnose and treat diseases and injuries affecting the eye
  • Provide medical management of eye conditions
  • Offer surgical correction for a range of conditions such as traumatic eye injury, crossed-eyes, glaucoma, and cataracts
  • Perform some cosmetic surgical eye procedures

Your optometrist is qualified to:

  • Perform eye exams and conduct vision testing
  • Treat common vision problems like nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism
  • Prescribe and fit both eyeglasses and contact lenses
  • Detect disorders and diseases affecting the eye
  • Provide vision aids and vision therapy

Which Eye Care Professional Is Right for You?

When choosing the right eye care provider for you, it’s essential to understand the type of care you need. As an MD, an ophthalmologist can offer a broad range of diagnostic and treatment options—up to and including surgical correction of eye disorders or treatment of traumatic eye injury—that are not provided by an optometrist. For basic well vision care and common vision problems, an optometrist may be your best option.

While the two professions are not interchangeable, neither are they mutually exclusive. A team approach combining a staff ophthalmologist and an optometrist can help to provide full-spectrum eye care, including diagnosis, medical management, and even surgical care.

At Integrity Eye Associates, your vision is our top priority. Our experienced and courteous eye care professionals are here to listen to your concerns and to help you make informed choices about your eye care. We also offer a wide selection of the latest frames in an array of styles to make sure you leave our store looking your best.

If you’re experiencing vision problems, don’t delay. Contact Integrity Eye Associates today!

May 21, 2019 at 11:35 am | Upcoming Event: Maui Jim & Integrity Eye Associates at the 2019 Devon Horse Show & Country Fair

Integrity Eye Associates is partnering with the Maui Jim Sun Hut as a vendor for the eighth year in a row at this year’s Horse Show & Country Fair in Devon, PA. We will be featuring excellent frames and shades by Maui Jim, so come to the fair and pick up high-quality sunglasses to enjoy the summer festivities in style!

The Devon Horse Show

The Devon Horse Show & Country Fair has been drawing crowds and top international competitors to its fairgrounds for over a century as it is one of the top-tier equestrian events in America. This year will mark the 123rd annual horse show, making it America’s oldest multi-breed horse show.

As it has done for as long as it’s been around, the Devon Horse Show will continue to raise money for the Bryn Mawr Hospital. With such a great cause at its core and the many competitions, special events, food and drink options, vendors, and over 2,000 volunteers, this year’s horse show is guaranteed to live up to its reputation.

The Devon Horse Show & Country Fair is located at the Devon Horse Show Grounds at 23 Dorset Rd, in Devon, PA, and will take place from Thursday, May 23, 2019, through Sunday, June 02, 2019. Make your way to this historic event and show your support for equestrian sport and the Bryn Mawr Hospital, and mark the beginning of the summer season!

Booth #18: The Maui Jim “Sun Hut”

When you get to the fairgrounds, make sure to come down to the Maui Jim “Sun Hut” at Booth #18 where Integrity Eye Associates and Maui Jim Sunglasses will be presenting some of the best sunglasses options of the summer. Maui Jim sunglasses are American-made and internationally-renowned sunglasses that come in a multitude of contemporary themes and styles. There will be two of Maui Jim’s top frame stylists from its Peoria, Illinois, headquarters to help you select the best designer sunglasses and accessories for your look and lifestyle.

If you are looking for the foremost eyewear in and around Paoli, PA, you don’t have to look any further than the Devon Horse Show & Country Fair. With over 150 frames to choose from and professional eyewear specialists for guidance, there is bound to be an excellent option for you at the Maui Jim “Sun Hut.”

See You There!

On May 23, we will definitely be having fun in the sun, and we would love to share that fun with you! Stop by to say hi to the friendly representatives from Integrity Eye Associates, your leading provider of prescription glasses near Paoli, PA, and take a closer look at our Maui Jim sunglasses collection.

For more details about the Maui Jim “Sun Hut” at the Devon Horse Show & Country Fair give us a call at Integrity Eye Associates today!

May 8, 2019 at 9:30 pm | How Losing Sleep Hurts Your Eyes

Feeling a little drowsy? If you said “yes,” you’re not alone. According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 30 percent of Americans get fewer than six hours of sleep every night. Unfortunately, staying up too late too often can bring back poor results at your next eye exam. Sleep is necessary for great eye health—so before you stay up and binge watch that next season on Netflix, consider these three negative eye health consequences that stem from poor sleep.

Eye Spasms

Have you ever been at work and noticed that your eye is twitching involuntarily? Twitches (sometimes referred to by their medical name, “myokymia”) occur more frequently in men and women who don’t get enough sleep. While eye twitches might not be dangerous, chronic twitching can be disruptive and can make it more difficult to drive or complete your work.

Dry Eyes

Our body needs sleep to replenish and refresh all of our organs—including our eyes. A lack of sleep can cause chronic dry eyes, a condition in which our tear ducts aren’t able to adequately lubricate our eyes. Symptoms of dry eyes include itching, swelling, light sensitivity, and redness. If you have severe dry eyes, you may even have blurry vision or dizziness.

Broken Blood Vessels

Blood vessels in your eyes can pop or break when your eyes are strained. If you’ve ever spent a long time staring at a computer or television screen without taking a break, you’ve probably noticed one or two broken blood vessels in your eye. A lack of sleep causes immense strain and pressure on our eyes, which can lead to more broken blood vessels or the look of “bloodshot” eyes.

Just like every other part of your body, your eyes need special care to stay healthy and happy. Integrity Eye Associates can help your eyes look and feel their best with vision tests, eye exams, and the designer frames available at our office near Paoli, PA.

Give us a call today at 484-452-4314 to learn more about scheduling an eye exam at our office near Paoli, PA!

April 1, 2019 at 2:05 pm | Integrity Eye Associates Trip to the 2019 International Vision Expo & Conference

Earlier in March, a few of our vision experts from Integrity Eye Associates had the incredible opportunity to attend this year’s International Vision Expo in New York with the most reputable eye care professionals and top brands in the industry from around the globe. There our team was able to continue its eye care education by learning about all of the advancements and gaining hands-on experience with the latest vision products to be released onto the market.   Continue reading

March 4, 2019 at 7:03 pm | Debunking Some Common Eye Care Myths

As a family-friendly optometrist near the Paoli, PA, area, we’re all about serving our community by providing the highest quality eye care every day in our office. We also love to educate our patients whenever we have the chance.

You’ve probably heard some advice about how to care for your eyes over the course of your life and, even as you followed it, you wondered, “Is this for real?” Maybe, for instance, your mom told you not to sit so close to the TV or you’d ruin your eyesight, and she didn’t want to pay for glasses! Continue reading

To our valued customers!

With the regulations suggested by the Pennsylvania Governor, we are considered an essential business and will remain open with reduced hours. We are here to help you with your eye care and eyeglass needs! Please call ahead.
Thank you for your understanding and your support.

Together we will get through this trying time.

The Integrity Eyes Team