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What are the differences between ophthalmologists, optometrists, and opticians?

Ophthalmologists, Optometrists, and Opticians are all eye care providers whose scopes of practice are defined by the types of training they receive.

An Ophthalmologist is a physician & surgeon, a medical doctor (MD) or doctor of osteopathic medicine (DO), who has completed a four year undergraduate degree, a four-year medical degree followed by a 1-year internship and 3-year (or more) residency in ophthalmology. Some ophthalmologists specialize further by completing a one or two year fellowship in cornea & refractive surgery, eye pathology, glaucoma, neuro-ophthalmology, oculoplastics, pediatrics, retina, or uveitis.

Ophthalmologists (MD or DO) can:

  • prescribe glasses and contact lenses
  • diagnose eye abnormalities and diseases
  • treat all eye conditions and disease, including those of the surrounding flesh, bones, and muscle with surgery (conventional and laser surgery), medications, and medical therapies
  • diagnose other conditions and illnesses based on symptoms evident in the eyes and refer patients to another appropriate physician for treatment
  • fit, adjust and dispense eyeglasses

 

An Optometrist receives the degree of doctor of optometry (OD) at a 4-year optometry school after completing four years of undergraduate study. Some optometrists specialize further by completing one or two years of additional training in cornea & contact lens, geriatrics, low vision, traumatic brain injury, vision research, glaucoma, neuro-ophthalmology, pediatrics, primary care, or ocular diseases.

Optometrists (OD) can:

  • prescribe glasses and contact lenses
  • diagnose eye abnormalities and diseases
  • treat eye diseases with medications and medical therapies
  • diagnose other conditions and illnesses based on symptoms evident in the eyes and refer patients to another appropriate physician for treatment
  • fit, adjust and dispense eyeglasses

 

An Optician is a technician who has either earned a 2-year optician degree from a community college or has learned while on the job.

Opticians can:

  • fit, adjust and dispense eyeglasses and contact lenses

 

Our philosophy at Eye Associates of Southern California is that Ophthalmologists, Optometrists, and Opticians work together in a health care team to provide high quality eye care for you and your family. Meet our team.

  

Make an appointment online or call us (at 951-303-6111) for your personal consultation with our Eye Physicians, Surgeons, and Doctors at Eye Associates of Southern California. New patient forms.

         

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