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Know the difference between an Ophthalmologist, Optometrist and an Optician.

By admin | Apr 13, 2017

Understanding the difference between an ophthalmologist, an optometrist and an optician is very important in order to receive the appropriate eye care suitable to your needs.

Ophthalmologists are medically and surgically trained, and can pick up on a wide range of diseases. In addition, they can help address problems inherent to the eye itself. These include dry eyes, refractive errors, glaucoma, retinal problems, and cataracts.

Optometrist are health care professionals who provide primary vision care ranging from sight testing, diagnosis, treatment and management of vision changes. Optometrists are licensed to preform eye exams, vision tests, prescribing and dispensing corrective lenses, detecting certain eye abnormalities and prescribing medication for certain eye diseases.

Opticians are technicians who are trained to design, verify, fit lenses, contacts and frames. Opticians do not test vision or write prescriptions. Opticians are not permitted to diagnose, treat or write prescriptions for visual correction.

Here at Retina Consultants of Boston, we work side by side with optometrists and opticians to deliver comprehensive overall eye care. We are currently accepting new patients. Please call and schedule an appointment today.

In the interest of maintaining further transparency and providing a wide breadth of information to our patients and providers, this blog will serve as an educational and informative resource on interesting happenings within Retina Consultants of Boston and in the greater field of Ophthalmology.

Here at Retina Consultants of Boston, Dr. John J. Weiter and Dr. Namrata Nandakumar are on the forefront of diagnostic techniques, treatment and micro-surgical techniques for macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinal detachments, macular holes, and a number of other issues affecting the vitreous and retina. Check back here frequently for news and updates on our practice and all things retina!