Optometrist vs. Ophthalmologist
Both are eye doctors, but have different levels of training and areas of expertise.
Understand the differences between the two to ensure that you seek the right doctor for the job.
What is an Optometrist?
An Optometrist is an eye care professional who has earned a degree in Doctor of Optometry (OD) and provides eye exams and medical eye care but does not perform eye surgery.
What does an Optometrist do?
Most optometrists in Australia provide the following services:
- Does complete eye exams
- Identifies, cures, and supervises vision problems and eye infections
- Prescribes eyeglasses and contact lenses
- Conduct contact lens fittings and follow-up exams
Also, some of them may commit their method to a specific type of eye care.
Let’s say an Eye Doctor that specializes in children’s vision and vision therapy, they are called Pediatric Optometrist.
Some may concentrate on sports vision or giving care for patients with visual disabilities or low vision.
Ophthalmologists are eye care specialists, also considered medical doctors (MD) who identify and cure all eye diseases, conduct eye surgery, and prescribe contact lenses and eyeglasses.
They do all the services an OD provides, plus they have complete training in the medical care and treatment of eye health problems.
They are licensed to conduct eye and vision surgery.
What makes Oscar Wylee
stand out from other optometrists
At Oscar Wylee, we have a passion for helping our customers maintain their eye health while showcasing their own way. This is why our loyalty to you is comprehensive eye examinations with the help of our qualified optometrists inside our retail locations.