Whether you’re looking for an eye exam, a new pair of glasses, or perhaps have a more complex issue with your vision, it’s helpful to understand which kind of eye specialist is most appropriate to visit. Opticians, optometrists, and ophthalmologists might have similar titles, but they perform markedly different roles within the world of eye care. As such, we wanted to spend some time breaking down the roles of opticians vs optometrists, and highlight some roles within ophthalmology.
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Opticians and Optometrists Defined
The Role of an Optician
Opticians are technicians who specialize in designing, verifying, and fitting eyeglasses, contacts, and other corrective apparatuses. They are responsible for interpreting and applying prescriptions laid out by optometrists and ophthalmologists. They’ll fit and design the eyewear for patients using these aforementioned prescriptions.
The Role of an Optometrist
Optometrists are highly trained healthcare professionals who provide primary vision care. That includes vision tests, diagnoses, treatment, and the general management of someone’s vision and corrective efforts. Optometrists are not medical doctors, but they do receive an OD (Doctor of Optometry) after four years of optometry school. Optometrists are licensed to perform eye exams and vision tests, and to make subsequent diagnoses and prescriptions.
What is An Ophthalmologist?
Ophthalmologists are medical or osteopathic doctors who specialize in eye and vision care. They’re different from opticians and optometrists in that they’ve completed college and at least 8 additional years of training before becoming licensed to practice medicine and surgery. Ophthalmologists diagnose and treat all eye diseases, as well as perform eye surgery when necessary.
With some extra training, ophthalmologists can also specialize in a particular field within medical or surgical eye care. Subspecialties can include glaucoma, retina, cornea, neurology, plastic surgery, and a number of other eye-related areas. In specializing in a specific area, these doctors become experts, and thus are more able to handle more complex or specific conditions related to their specialization.
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