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THE THREE O'S  

OPTICIAN  

OPTOMETRIST / OPTOMETRIC PHYSICIAN 

     OPHTHALMOLOGIST

Opticians, optometrists and ophthalmologists all provide eye care services. Optometrists and ophthalmologists examine eyes and prescribe vision correcting lenses. Opticians manufacture and dispense corrective lenses. For the majority of individuals an optometrist is the doctor of choice for routine eye health and vision examinations. Today's modern Optometrist has Corneal Specialists, Retinal Specialists, Glaucoma Specialists and Oculoplastic Surgeons on their eye health care team.  Patient co-management between Optometrists, Ophthalmologists and Opticians is customary to provide the best in eye health care for their patients. The following descriptions may aid you in selecting the eye care professional to meet your personal needs.

OPTICIAN
An optician makes, verifies and delivers lenses, frames and other specially fabricated optical devices and/or contact lenses upon prescription (from an optometrist or ophthalmologist) to the intended wearer. The opticians' functions include prescription analysis and interpretation; determination of the lens forms best suited to the wearers needs; the preparation and delivery of work orders for the grinding of lenses and the fabrication of eye wear, the verification of the finished ophthalmic products; and the adjustment, replacement, repair and reproduction of previously prepared ophthalmic lenses, frames and other specially fabricated ophthalmic devices. Certification by the American Board of Opticianry or the National Contact Lens Examiners is optional. Some states have regulatory agencies that license opticians.

OPTOMETRIST / OPTOMETRIC PHYSICIAN
Doctors of Optometry or, optometric physicians are independent primary health care providers who specialize in the examination, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases and disorders of the eye and associated structures as well as the diagnosis of related systemic conditions.  Optometric Physicians prescribe and treat glaucoma, eye infections and eye inflammations.  They fit and dispense  glasses and contact lenses, thus providing total eye health and vision care for all ages. Optometric physicians do not perform surgery.  An optometric physician has completed four years of college premedical education and four years of graduate education at an accredited College of Optometry, earning a Doctorate in Optometry. Optometric physicians are certified by a national board of examiners and licensed by a state regulatory board.  Dr. Thompson is an Optometric Physician

Ophthalmologist:
The Ophthalmologist has the degree Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) and is a primary and secondary, medical/surgical eye care provider. This  Doctor has completed four years of college, four years of medical school and four years of residency and internships relating to the diagnosis and treatment, including surgery
, of diseases of the eye.  Ophthalmologists may also perform intricate surgical procedures including  cataracts removal and lens implant, corneal transplant, glaucoma surgery and various laser procedures. 

 

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