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 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 prescription 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.
Jacqueline Anne Julio, O.D., F.A.A.O. attended Georgetown University where she received a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Mathematics and Studio Art. Dr. Julio received her Doctor of Optometry degree from Illinois College of Optometry and completed her residency in Ocular Disease at VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System. Dr. Julio joined Shepherd Eye Center in 2021.
Stephanie Oh, O.D. attended University of California, Los Angeles where she received her Bachelor of Science in Biology. She received her Doctor of Optometry degree from University of California, Berkeley and she completed her residency in Ocular Disease at VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System. Dr. Oh joined Shepherd Eye Center in 2021.
Brad Stewart, O.D. 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.