Choosing the right type of eye doctor is very important for your health. Do you know the difference between the Three Os?
An optometrist has a license to practice in optometry, not medicine. According to Eye Care America, “The practice of optometry traditionally involves examining the eye for the purpose of prescribing corrective lenses, screening vision to detect certain eye abnormalities, and prescribing medications for certain eye diseases.”
This is your actual eye doctor who performs full eye exams and surgeries. Ophthalmologists are trained specifically to provide care for the eye in any way needed, from serious surgeries to prescribing contact lenses and glasses. Ophthalmologists need at least 12 years of schooling, and therefore are licensed to be able to help with every eye need.
You should know this doctor as the “master of lenses.” This technician does not write prescriptions for eyeglasses or contacts, but rather fits you for them. Please note that opticians are not medically trained; however, they are licensed by the state.
Here is a video that goes into greater depth about the differences of each doctor.
Resources on Optometrist vs. Ophthalmologist vs. Optician
- MedicineNet: Do You Know the Difference?
- Eye Care America: What is an Ophthalmologist?
- WebMd: Eye Doctors
- All About Vision: Choosing an Eye Doctor