Ophthalmologist vs. Optometrist vs. Optician

Ophthalmologist: A medical doctor specializing in vision and eye care.

  • They have extensive post-graduate training including medical school and can prescribe medications and perform surgeries.
  • If you have a special medical condition or require surgery, you would see an ophthalmologist.

Optometrist: Healthcare professionals trained to provide primary vision care.

  • Though not medical doctors, they are thoroughly trained in the recognition and diagnosis of many eye conditions as well as the monitoring of vision changes.
  • They perform eye exams (including visual field and eye pressure tests). Checks for common eye conditions are typically included and part of your eye exam with an optometrist.
  • They can even prescribe and dispense glasses, but usually lack the time and that “ear to the ground” needed to keep up with the latest products available.

Optician: Technicians that fit contacts, glasses and other assistive devices to correct vision loss.

  • That’s us!
  • We bring together the science of optics with the current technological advancements in the fields of frame and lens manufacturing to fit your prescription with the best solution that glasses or contacts can offer.

The Take-home Message

Vision is an essential part of our lives. Ophthalmologists, Optometrists and Opticians all work together to ensure your complete visual health by combining our collective know-how with your individual needs and situation.