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.

Next: What Problems Might Result From Drinking Alcohol And Taking Certain Heart Medications?


Previous: What Are The Key Parts Of The Eye That Help It Function Properly?
-- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 8427356. -- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 8427356. -- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 8427356.
Join the Discussion
You are using an outdated version of Internet Explorer. Please click here to upgrade your browser in order to comment.
blog comments powered by Disqus
You Might Also Like...
See It, Share It
PHOTO: Oscar de la Renta and Oprah Winfrey attend the Costume Institute Gala Benefit to celebrate the opening of the American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, May 8, 2010, in New York City.
Rabbani and Solimene Photography/WireImage/Getty Images
PHOTO: Up in Ash: Mount Sinabung Erupting
Tibt Nangin/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
PHOTO: Firefighters rescue a woman who got stuck in a chimney in Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Ventura County Fire Department
PHOTO: Apple Pay is demonstrated at Apple headquarters on Oct. 16, 2014 in Cupertino, Calif.
Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP Photo