When your arms aren’t long enough to read the small print, when you suspect you may have a cataract, or when you want a durable pair of glasses for your 10 year old, where do you go? Optometrist, ophthalmologist, optician…
too many OPtions!
Optometrists – Doctors of optometry are independent primary health care providers who examine, diagnose, treat and manage eye diseases and vision disorders, and who are able to detect systemic disorders such as hypertension and diabetes. Optometrists also prescribe eyeglasses and contact lenses, as well as medicine to treat eye disease. Their education involves 4 years of undergraduate and 4 years of post graduate education.
Dr. Braim and I are both affiliated with THE LASER CENTER in Albany for laser vision correction including pre-op and post-op care.
Ophthalmologists-These professionals are physicians who
attended med school with a subsequent internship and residency. They specialize in medical and surgical eye care, also providing vision services such as eye exams. Some practitioners specialize in areas such as retinal
or corneal disorders.
Opticians-Opticians are technicians trained to design, verify and fit eyeglass lenses and frames, and contact lenses. They use prescriptions supplied by
optometrists or ophthalmologists but do not test vision or write prescriptions. Opticians are not licensed to diagnose or treat eye diseases.