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Optometrist, Ophthalmologist or wait Optician?? Whos who?

Updated: Jan 30, 2018


These three eye care providers play key role in your vision and eyecare.


An optician is the person who helps you pick out glasses and works with you to select the best frames and lens designs for your vision needs.   When it comes to frames and lenses there are hundreds if not thousands of different options for you.  Opticians go through extensive training to learn all these options and stay up to date with the latest technology and advancements.


An ophthalmologist is a medical doctor who has specialized in diseases and surgery of the eye.  Ophthalmologists have completed medical school and then do extra training focusing on complex eye surgeries and treating complex ocular diseases.  Just like the body, the eye has different specialists for different parts of it.  Some ophthalmologists will specialize in cataract surgery while others will focus on glaucoma or retinal diseases (macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy etc).  Some ophthalmologists specialize in laser vision correction (LASIK).


An optometrist (thats me!) is a healthcare professional who has specialized in the eye.  Optometrists are front line eye care providers who have undergone 7 to 8 years of post secondary education.  Prescribing glasses and contacts is a large part of what we do but we also diagnose, detect and treat eye diseases.  Optometrists can prescribe medications for eye infections, eye allergies, glaucoma and remove foreign bodies from your eyes.  An optometrist is usually the first person you will see if you have an eye problem.  We work closely with opticians and ophthalmologists to make sure all your vision needs are met.  


Stop by our office anytime to talk with Denise or Tanya (our licensed opticians) about your glasses or get your eyes checked by me, or Dr Tiffany Lim, your optometrists!  #optometrist #geteyewise #ophthalmologist #optician #tofieldeyecare #tofield

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