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What’s the Difference?

Ever wonder the difference between an Optometrist, Ophthalmologist and Optician?

Doctors of Optometry  are independent primary health care provider who specializes in the examination, diagnosis, treatment, management, and prevention of diseases and disorders of the visual system, the eye and associated structures as well as the diagnosis of related systemic conditions.  A Doctor of Optometry understands the importance of vision and eye health at all stages of life, from birth to the golden years.

Ophthalmologists are physicians who diagnose diseases and disorders of the vision system. Treatment may include corrective lenses, medication and surgery.  Patients require a referral to by their Doctor of Optometry or Family Physician in order to see an Ophthalmologist.

Opticians are technicians qualified to fit and supply glasses and contact lenses.  Opticians complete a two year diploma program and are not qualified to perform comprehensive eye health exams.

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