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Optometrist, Optician, or Ophthalmologist…What’s the difference?

January 11, 2011

Optometrist, Optician, or Ophthalmologist…What’s the Difference?

By Eola Eyes, Doctors of Optometry

We’ve been called it all, including obstetricians. No, we don’t deliver babies. We only do eyes. No blood or needles (usually) and nothing below the belt (ever).

But, you still may wonder, what are the differences between the three O’s in eye care? They are all important and distinctly different professions.

Optometrists are doctors who are primary eye care providers. We provide complete eye examinations to check for refractive error (eyeglass prescription) and evaluate the health of the eyes and associated structures inside and out. We fit contact lenses and treat conditions such as dry eyes, conjunctivitis (“pink eye”), and eye allergies, among many other things. We co-manage surgical procedures such as LASIK by performing initial consultations and all pre- and post-operative patient care. Eola Eyes’ Doctors Kerry Giedd, Brighid Williams, and Nicole Beedle are all doctors of optometry. Each of us have completed a Bachelor of Science degree and then went on to complete four years of optometry school to earn our Doctorate degrees. We have each been in practice over ten years and have been in Central Florida throughout our careers.

Opticians make, sell, and/or dispense eyeglass frames and lenses. In our office, an optician’s role is both an art and a science. The art comes in helping patients select eyewear that compliments their features, style, personality, and lifestyle. The science is in the lens and frame measurements, adjustments, and fabrication. There are many technical details that an optician must understand and take into account to create a great pair of glasses. Jay Maxwell, our optician at Eola Eyes, has been a licensed optician in Central Florida for over 20 years and has been with Eola Eyes since 2003. He excels at both the art and science of his field.

Finally, an ophthalmologist is a medical doctor who specializes in diseases and surgeries of the eyes. At Eola Eyes, we work with many wonderful, local ophthalmologists and refer patients as needed for specialty care, consultations, and LASIK, cataract, or other surgeries. We partner with the ophthalmologists and other physicians to manage all of our patients’ vision and eye health needs, as well as their overall health.

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