What Is The Difference Between An Ophthalmologist, Optometrist And An Optician?

Question: What is the difference between an ophthalmologist, optometrist, and an optician?

Answer: An ophthalmologist is a medical physician who has specialty training in the diseases of the eye and is also trained to recognize systemic diseases, which may affect the eye, or to recognize diseases within the eye which may affect the rest of the body.

An optometrist has specialty training in creating glasses and contact lenses in order to give a person the best corrected vision. He also has training to recognize possible abnormalities of the eye which need to be referred for medical care. An optician is a technician who is trained to make and dispense glasses based on the prescription from an ophthalmologist or an optometrist.

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