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Eyecare Professionals

A brief description of the different professionals relating to eyecare

What is an Optician?

An optician is a person qualified to dispense glasses but is not allowed to test eyes or prescribe glasses. The term dispensing optician is usually applied to these personnel. Their training involves specialising in lens design and spectacle frame fitting.

What is an Optometrist?

An optometrist is the name given to a person who is qualified to dispense glasses (as above) and also to examine the eyes for spectacles. They are also qualified to examine for and recognise various eye diseases but are not permitted to treat these diseases.They may also fit and supply contact lenses.

What is an Orthoptist?

An orthoptist is specially trained in the evaluation of non-surgical treatment of visual disorders caused by an imbalance of the eye muscles – such as squint, amblyopia and other visual defects.

What is an Opthalmologist?

An opthalmologist is a medically trained doctor who becomes specialised in the medical aspects of eye disease.The basic medical training involves physics, optics and pharmacology in association with general medical diseases which can affect the eyes e.g. diabetes, neurological disease etc. There are two types of ophthalmologist: medical ophthalmologists and surgical ophthalmologists. Both groups can test eyes, prescribe glasses, diagnose and treat eye disorders by writing prescriptions for eye glasses. Surgical opthalmologists are the doctors who are qualified to perform all operations such as cataract removal or the treatment of eye injuries.