Ophthalmologist vs. Optometrist

At Shepherd Eye Center, we have both ophthalmologists and optometrists. Ophthalmologists are sometimes referred to as “Eye MDs.” These doctors have completed at least eight years of additional medical training following their four years of undergraduate work. Ophthalmologists may also pursue further training and become a sub-specialist in any of the following areas: cornea, glaucoma, neurology, pediatrics, plastic surgery or retina. As an ophthalmologist, this eye doctor is able to diagnose and treat ALL eye diseases as well as perform surgery.

Optometrists are doctors that have completed at least three years of undergraduate work, and then successfully completed four years in a doctor of optometry program. These doctors do not perform surgery or pursue subspecialties. However, these doctors provide necessary primary eye care including: eye exams, vision testing, prescribing of prescriptions glasses or contact lenses, and diagnosing and treating some eye conditions. At Shepherd Eye Center, our optometrists play a vital role in preoperative and postoperative care of patients that will be receiving surgical intervention from one of the ophthalmologists.

Having optometrists work in conjunction with ophthalmologists provides a greater depth and breadth of visual care for our patients at Shepherd Eye Center. Call us today and make an appointment with one of our two qualified optometrists.

Our Optometrists

Dr. Brian G.B. Gaster Optometrist Las VegasDr. Brian G.B. Gaster joined Shepherd Eye Center in March 2017 after nearly 20 years as an optometrist in Pennsylvania. While there he worked closely alongside ophthalmologists to provide excellent preoperative and postoperative care as well as general visual care.



Dr. Brad C. Stewart Optometrist HendersonDr. Brad C. Stewart worked as a solo practitioner in East Las Vegas for 30 years before joining with Shepherd Eye Center. He also has 8 years of experience (2 years as president) on the Nevada State Board of Optometry.