When it's time to "get your eyes checked," make sure you are seeing the right eye care professional for your needs. Ophthalmologists, optometrists and opticians each play an important role in providing eye care to consumers. But the levels of training and expertise are quite different for each type of provider.
Here's a quick look at the three types of eye care providers:
An ophthalmologist is a Doctor of Medicine (MD) or a Doctor of Osteopath (DO) who specializes in eye and vision care. Ophthalmologists are specially trained to provide the full spectrum of eye care, from prescribing glasses and contact lenses to complex and delicate eye surgery. Many ophthalmologists are also involved in scientific research related to the origin and treatment of eye diseases and vision problems.Meet The Doctors
An optometrist receives a Doctor of Optometry (OD) degree and is licensed to practice optometry, but not medicine. The practice of optometry traditionally involves examining the eye for the purpose of prescribing and dispensing corrective lenses, screening vision to detect certain eye abnormalities, and prescribing medications for certain eye diseases.
An optician is a technician trained to design, verify and fit eyeglass lenses and frames, contact lenses, and other devices to correct eyesight. An optician uses prescriptions supplied by ophthalmologists or optometrists, but does not test vision or write prescriptions for visual corrections. Opticians are not permitted to diagnose or treat eye diseases.Meet Our Optician
At Cano & Manning Eye Center, the well-being of our patients and the success of their treatment is always our top priority. We look forward to meeting you!