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The difference between an optician and an ophthalmologist


As an ophthalmologist, I would like to show you in this article when it makes sense to visit an optician and when a visit to the ophthalmologist is essential. I will also highlight the main differences between these two professionals.


When do I go to the optician?
The optician is an expert in visual aids, glasses and contact lenses. You should see an optician if you suspect that you have a visual impairment and need glasses or contact lenses. Opticians carry out eye tests and can help you choose the right visual aid. Opticians are also the place to go if you already have a known prescription and need your lenses updated. They also offer a wide range of fashionable frames to enhance your individual style.


When do I visit the ophthalmologist?
An ophthalmologist is a medical specialist who specialises in eye health and the diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases. You should see an ophthalmologist if you have acute or chronic eye complaints, such as sudden deterioration of vision, pain, redness, itching, eye infections or other serious eye problems. Ophthalmologists perform comprehensive eye examinations to detect and treat eye diseases early.


What are the main differences?
The main differences between opticians and ophthalmologists lie in their area of expertise and training. Opticians specialise in fitting vision aids and performing vision tests. They have training in optometry or ophthalmic optics. Ophthalmologists, on the other hand, are medical doctors with a long training and specialisation in the diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases, both medical and surgical.


Both optometrists and ophthalmologists play a crucial role in maintaining your eye health. Remember that regular eye examinations with an ophthalmologist are important to detect and treat potential problems early.