About Waterman Eye Care
Waterman Eye Care, Inc. was formed by Elliot Waterman, O.D. in 2004. After working in a group medical practice in South County since 1986, he decided to bring individual, personalized eye care to North Kingstown. This is a one-location, family-owned office, and Dr. Waterman’s relaxed, friendly attitude makes a visit to Waterman Eye Care an experience not found in many offices.
Originally from Boston, Dr. Waterman grew up in Middletown, and received his BA in architecture from Washington University in St. Louis. After earning his doctorate in optometry (O.D.) from The New England College of Optometry in Boston, he returned to Rhode Island and has been in practice since 1986. Dr. Waterman is trained and licensed in ocular therapeutics and practices at the most comprehensive level of Primary Care Optometry allowed by state law, including glaucoma diagnosis and treatment, cataract diagnosis and post-op care, LASIK evaluation and co-management, Dry Eye treatment, ocular allergy treatment, and 24/7 emergency care. Dr. Waterman has earned the American Optometric Association’s Optometric Recognition Award, and is a past-president of the Rhode Island Optometric Association. He is Board Certified by the National Board of Examiners in Optometry, and the Rhode Island Board of Examiners in Optometry, and is a member of the American Optometric Association and the Rhode Island Optometric Association. When not at the office, he enjoys hiking, biking, photography, and woodworking.
What is an Optometrist?
Optometrists are independent, primary health care providers who examine, diagnose, treat, and manage diseases and disorders of the visual system, the eye and associated structures as well as diagnose related systemic conditions.
Optometrists are an integral part of the health care team. As eye care practitioners, they are skilled in the co-management of eye health and vision care. They examine the structures of the eye to detect and diagnose:
- Vision conditions such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism and presbyopia
- Binocular vision conditions such as convergence insufficiency, which can cause eye discomfort and difficulty reading
- Eye diseases such as glaucoma, cataracts and retinal disorders
- Systemic diseases such as hypertension and diabetes
Optometrists prescribe and/or provide eyeglasses, contact lenses, low vision aids and vision therapy. They prescribe medications to treat eye diseases and perform certain surgical procedures. Optometrists also do testing to determine the patient’s ability to focus and coordinate the eye, judge depth perception, and see colors accurately.