Opticians, Optometrists & Ophthalmologists
Optometrists, also known as doctors of optometry, are the main providers of vision care or eye care. They examine peoples eyes to diagnose vision problems, such as nearsightedness and farsightedness. They also test for depth and color perception, astigmatism, and the ability to focus and coordinate the eyes.
Ophthalmologists are physicians who perform eye surgery, as well as diagnose and treat eye diseases and injuries. There are many eye diseases, and some that generally require surgery are cataracts, glaucoma, strabismus, and cornea transplant. Ophthalmologists can also determine what prescription eyeglasses are right for you in order to sharpen your vision.
Registered opticians are specially trained to design, fit, and dispense eyeglasses, contact lenses, low vision aids, and prosthetic ocular devices. They interpret written prescriptions from ophthalmologists (medical doctors) and optometrists (non-medical eye care professionals) to determine the specifications of ophthalmic appliances necessary to correct a persons eyesight.
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