Our talented and balanced team of Optometrists, Ophthalmologist, Technicians, and Opticians allow United Eye Centers to provide a comprehensive list of services to provide the best options for all your corrective vision needs.
What is an Optometrist?
Optometrists (also known as O.D.s or Doctors of Optometry) are trained to diagnose and treat vision conditions like farsightedness, nearsightedness and astigmatism. Based on the patient’s condition, an Optometrist can fit and prescribe contact lenses and prescription eyeglass lenses.
While the majority of the Optometrist’s responsibilities is to perform “refractions”, or vision correction exams. They are also trained to diagnose and treat eye diseases as well as other conditions that can effect vision and general eye health, including glaucoma, macular degeneration, cataracts, retinal disease and ocular disorders associated with diabetes and high blood pressure.
What is an Ophthalmologist?
An ophthalmologist is a medical doctor (M.D.) that specializes in the eye.
Ophthalmologists are trained to perform surgery, which optometrists are not. This includes Lasik vision correction, removal of cataracts, or other surgery related to eye trauma, burns or detachments of retina. Ophthalmologists have additional specialized training in diagnosing and treating more complex medical eye conditions. So it is not unusual for optometrists and ophthalmologists to work closely-together on hard-to-diagnose conditions or ongoing disease treatment and management.
What is an Optician?
An Optician is a technical practitioner who specializes in filling lens prescriptions, assisting patients with lens and frame selection, and ensuring a proper fit to provide the patient with the best vision correction. Opticians may also aid in fitting contact lenses based on a prescription provided from an Optometrist, Ophthalmologist or Osteopath.
In special cases, Opticians can also provide low vision aids, ophthalmic prosthetics to those who are partially sighted, or other vision correction devices prescibed by a doctor. opticians do not test vision or write prescriptions for visual correction and are not permitted to diagnose or treat eye diseases.
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