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When the necessity to check the eye vision for the subject of its sharpness comes, many people often confuse and ask themselves: how should we choose the right eye specialist? Will it be a good enough professional for solving our eye problem or not? To some extent the problem is clear – who knows the difference between ophthalmologist, optician and optometrist? An one of of the most common questions: “how to find a good doctor?”

Opticicans duties 

For a quick glimpse the names of these specialities are quite similar due to common sphere of activity - eye treatment but the differences, nevertheless, do exist. Optician is an eye specialist who designs correction eyeglasses and lenses for people.  Opticians can work in cooperation with ophthalmologist or an optometrist but they may also work at optical laboratory as a technical optician. Optician helps patient to   correct eyesight by converting medical prescription from an eye doctor to prescription eyeglasses.
What main responsibilities of ophthalmologist? It is a highly qualified eye health specialist who deals with vision care. In order for a student to become an experienced ophthalmologist he has to complete minimum 8 years of basic study, 1 year of internship and minimum 3 year of practice in hospital based institution. Both ophthalmologist and optometrist perform simple eye diagnostics and trained well to detect eye disorders that do not require medical treatment. When the disease needs  medical treatment it will be better to visit an ophthalmologist.

Difference between ophthalmologist and optometrist

Ophthalmologist, as well as optometrist, deals with eye diseases and vision problems. These  eye doctors may complete each other.
For instance: if your eyesight is in good condition and there is no notable discomfort but you would like to run a simple eye checkup, just to be sure, then choosing necessary doctor is up to you. In this case it is does not matter which eye doctor will you choose – both ophthalmologists and optometrists are able to perform routine eye checkups and both of them have enough knowledge and practice to treat common eye diseases that require only non-medical treatment. In this case the optometrist undergoes a couple of common eye test: listens to patient's complaints, then asks him to complete an eye chart to define eye sharpness.
But if you have serious eye disease, like cataracts or glaucoma, then it is an urgent reason to visit eye doctor for consultation who possesses vast range of theoretical and practical skills, a specialist who is well trained to treat such conditions. In most cases if the optometrist was not satisfied with the results of the eye checkup it means that you are required to visit exactly an ophthalmologist. Another situation: you visited an optometrist to undergo eye examination and it detected certain eye disorders and eye doctor can ask you several questions. After that he may decide to refer you to his colleague, to an ophthalmologist. But nevertheless you must follow any doctor's advices. If basic diagnosis has shown nothing abnormal and vision parameters are in healthy state then it is no need go visit the other eye specialist but if the results of eye chart are not satisfying the optometrist can suggest patient to see an ophthalmologist.
To avoid risks of eye health worsening we recommend you to find an eye doctor near you – at our website names of doctors and eye clinics addresses are listed. Good luck and remember: our health is a sturdy thing but very complicated at the same time. Do not procrastinate everything connected with it!