What is an Optometrist

Optometrists are primary health care professionals for the eye nationally-licensed to diagnose and treat eye diseases and other disorders of the visual system. They complete four years of professional education at a college of optometry or university.

Some of their duties include;

  • 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.
  • Prescribing low vision rehabilitation, vision therapy, spectacle lenses and contact lenses.
  • Advise patients regarding both surgical and non-surgical options that meet their visual needs depending on their occupations, avocations and lifestyle.

Ophthalmologists, Optometrists and Opticians all offer eye care services. It is important to be aware of what each of the “three Os” is qualified to do.

Ophthalmologists: An ophthalmologist is a physician (doctor of medicine, MD, or doctor of osteopathy, DO) who specializes in the medical and surgical care of the eyes and visual system as well as in the prevention of eye disease and injury.

Opticians: An optician is a technician who puts together, verifies and delivers lenses, frames and other specially made-up optical devices and/or contact lenses upon prescription to the intended wearer.