Eye Care Specialists
What is an ophthalmologist?
An ophthalmologist is either a medical doctor (MD) or an osteopathic doctor (DO) who
specializes in comprehensive eye care. These professionals provide exams, diagnosis,
and treatment for a variety of eye disorders. Ophthalmologists are skilled in all
facets of eye care, from prescribing eyeglasses or contact lenses to doing complex
eye surgery. Many also choose to specialize in one particular disease or part of the
eye (for example, glaucoma specialist or cornea specialist).
What is an optometrist?
An optometrist is a doctor of optometry (OD) who specializes in comprehensive eye
care. These professionals provide exams, diagnosis, and treatment for a variety of
eye disorders. Optometrists generally don’t do surgery. But in a few states they can
do minor surgical procedures and laser surgery. Some specialize in low vision, contact
lenses, or vision rehabilitation.
What is an optician?
An optician is a technician who fits, adjusts, and fills the prescriptions for eyeglasses
and contact lenses.
What is an ocularist?
An ocularist is a technician who makes and fits artificial eyes (called prosthetic
eyes or ocular prostheses).