|Grouping||Eye and Vision Services Providers|
|Level||Level II - Classification|
|Definition||Doctors of optometry (ODs) are the primary health care professionals for the eye. Optometrists examine, diagnose, treat, and manage diseases, injuries, and disorders of the visual system, the eye, and associated structures as well as identify related systemic conditions affecting the eye. An optometrist has completed pre-professional undergraduate education in a college or university and four years of professional education at a college of optometry, leading to the doctor of optometry (O.D.) degree. Some optometrists complete an optional residency in a specific area of practice. Optometrists are eye health care professionals state-licensed to diagnose and treat diseases and disorders of the eye and visual system.|
|Medicare Specialty Code Medicare Specialty Code Crosswalk|
Health care providers and suppliers who are eligible to enroll in Medicare can use this crosswalk that links the taxonomy code with its appropriate medicare specialty code.
|41 - Optometry|
|Notes||Source: American Optometric Association (AOA), approved by the AOA's Board of Trustees, June 21, 2005. [7/1/2006: definition modified]|
|Version||NCCU Provider Taxonomy Version 21.0 - January 2021|
The code 152W00000X is the health care provider taxonomy code for optometrist grouped under eye and vision services providers. NPI records indicate a total of 98,083 registered providers whose primary or secondary taxonomy code is optometrist of which 31,196 are registered as females, 33,815 registered as males and 33,072 are organizations.
152W00000X is a level II taxonomy code "classification" used to specify a health care provider service or occupation related to the Provider Grouping. Taxonomy codes are self-selected by the health care provider. Their specialty is defined based on their education level and training. Taxonomy codes do not specify the actual services rendered by the health care provider.
Optometrist Health Care Providers by State
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