Primary Eye Care Services from EYE-Q
OPTHALMOLOGIST Vs OPTOMETRIST Vs OPTICIAN
- An ophthalmologist is a medical doctor who specializes in eye and vision care. Ophthalmologists differ from optometrists and opticians in their levels of training and in what they can diagnose and treat. An ophthalmologist is licensed to practice medicine and surgery. An ophthalmologist diagnoses and treats all eye diseases, performs eye surgery and prescribes and fits eyeglasses and contact lenses to correct vision problems. Many ophthalmologists are also involved in scientific research on the causes and cures for eye diseases and vision disorders.
- Optometrist are independent primary health care providers who examine, diagnose, treat, and manage diseases and disorders of the visual system, the eye, and associated structures, as well as diagnose related systemic conditions. Optometrists examine the internal and external structures of the eyes to diagnose eye diseases such as glaucoma, cataracts, and retinal disorders; systemic diseases, including hypertension and diabetes; and vision conditions such as near-sightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and presbyopia. They also perform tests to determine the patient's ability to focus and coordinate the eyes, and to judge depth and see colors accurately. Optometrists prescribe eyeglasses and contact lenses, low vision aids, and vision therapy
- Opticians are technicians trained to design, verify and fit eyeglass lenses and frames, contact lenses, and other devices to correct eyesight. They use prescriptions supplied by ophthalmologistsor optometrists, but do not test vision or write prescriptions for visual correction. Opticians are not permitted to diagnose or treat eye diseases.
See the right eye care professional at the right time!!!
Following are just some of the signs or risk factors for vision problem or eye disease. If you have any of these, be sure to visit an optometrist and ophthalmologist. A complete, medical eye exam could be the first step toward saving your sight.
- Blurring of vision
- Double vision
- Bulging of one or both eyes
- Dark curtain or veil that blocks your vision
- Distorted vision
- Diabetes mellitus
- Excess tearing
- Eyelid abnormalities
- Family history of eye disease
- Halos (colored circles around lights)
- High blood pressure
- Injury to the eye
- Loss of peripheral (side) vision
- Misaligned eyes
- New floaters (black "strings" or specks in the vision) and/or flashes of light;
- Pain in the eye
- Thyroid disease-related eye problems (Graves' disease)
- Unusual red eye.