Optician is the term most of us use to describe our eye care professional. But there are actually three different types of eye care professional.
- An ophthalmologist is a doctor who specialises in eye care. They examine your eyes for damage and disease and carry out surgery when necessary. Ophthalmologists also prescribe and fit glasses or contact lenses.
- An optometrist tests, diagnoses and corrects vision problems and issues prescriptions for glasses or contact lenses if needed.
- An optician (or ‘dispensing optician’) works from prescriptions provided by an ophthalmologist or optometrist to fit patients with the right optical correction (glasses or contact lenses).
There are three things you should keep in mind when visiting an optician: check, ask and relax.