Many people are confused about the training and qualifications of the people they entrust their eye care to. This article sheds some light on the differences between an Optician, an Optometrist and an Ophthalmologist.
What Does an Optician Do?
If you have a prescription for eyeglasses you will want to visit your Optician. These technicians are trained to design and fit devices to correct eyesight. They are not permitted to test vision, write prescriptions, diagnose, or treat eye diseases.
What Does an Optometrist Do?
An Optometrist receives a Doctor of Optometry (OD) degree. Optometrists examine the eye for prescribing corrective lenses, perform screening tests to detect eye abnormalities, and prescribe medications for some eye diseases.
What Does an Ophthalmologist Do?
An Ophthalmologist (or Eye M.D.) is a Medical or Osteopathic Doctor who specializes in eye and vision care. Ophthalmologists provide the full spectrum of eye care, from prescribing glasses and contact lenses to performing complex and delicate eye surgery (such as surgery to correct cataracts). Ophthalmologists may also conduct scientific research into the causes and cures of eye disease.
Ophthalmologists have the most rigorous program of study, requiring four years of postgraduate specialty training after the completion of their medical degree. This consists of a one year medical residency followed by a three year residency in Ophthalmology in an approved surgical residency program.
Ophthalmologist in Central New Jersey
If you’re located in central NJ and seeking premium care for your eyes, set up an appointment with Atlantic Medical Eye Care. Dr. Robert Scharfman is an Ophthalmologist with decades of experience treating a wide variety of eye conditions.
Claire Masters says
It’s interesting to know the difference between eye doctors and an ophthalmologist is the one that has bigger scope for eye care as they can prescribe glasses, perform surgery, and even conduct research to develop this branch of medicine further. Now I know which specialist I would go to for specific vision or eye conditions. It would also be great if these specialists all offer preventive care programs for those who still have healthier eyes.