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When you need new glasses or notice something different with your vision, you need to see an eye specialist. There are different types of eye care practitioners, and the one you must speak to depends on what you need. They all differ in expertise and levels of training.

Keep reading to understand how optometrists, ophthalmologists and opticians differ from each other.

What Is an Optometrist?

An optometrist does vision assessment, performs eye exams, prescribes corrective lenses and diagnoses eye irregularities. To become an optometrist, you will need to attend an optometry school. These professionals can prescribe medications for some eye conditions, perform specialized surgeries and provide visual rehabilitation.

What Can You Expect From an Optician?

With the prescription from your optometrist or ophthalmologist, opticians can confirm and fit eyeglasses and contact lenses. However, they can’t diagnose eye conditions and vision problems. It means that they cannot provide treatment for your eyesight issues.

What Does an Ophthalmologist Do?

You can expect the same services an optometrist offers from an ophthalmologist, and these professionals can fit eyeglasses and contact lenses. However, the latter can also diagnose and treat all types of eye conditions. They went to medical school and can perform eye surgeries. Ophthalmologists can conduct scientific research into causes and cures for eye diseases and vision problems. They can also diagnose health issues not related to the eye during a comprehensive eye exam. If they find signs of health issues like diabetes and high blood pressure, they will recommend seeing your doctor.

Experiencing changes in your vision? See your eye doctor immediately. Schedule an appointment with Spectrum Eye Care today! We specialize in dry eye, myopia control, LASIK surgery pre- and post-operative care, and more. Call us at (704) 817-4600, or fill out our contact form to learn more about our services.