28 June 2013
The Difference Between an Optometrist and an Optician
An optometrist is the medical term for an eye doctor. These individuals have been trained to exam, diagnose and treat a wide variety of eye conditions and disorders. Optometrists do more than simply ask you to recite letters on a screen. These professionals are trained to examine your eyes for signs of degenerative and genetic disorders such as cataracts, glaucoma, and retinal disorders. They prescribe contact lenses and eyeglasses, perform therapeutic procedures and can even perform eye surgeries.
An optician is often confused with an optometrist, but it is important to understand the difference between these two professions. Not only will this save you time, but reduce an embarrassing situation. Opticians make optometry instruments and construct contact lenses as well as eyewear. They may work in the same office as your optometrist or they may work in a different location, shipping the materials to optometrists all over the country.
Visiting an optometrist is an important part of a person's overall health care routine. Even if you think your sight problems can be contributed to getting older, it is important that you routinely have your eyes examined. If you have health care coverage, find out if eye exams are part of that coverage. Not all health insurance plans cover this aspect or they will cover the exam, but not any lenses or frames that are prescribed. Eye glasses and eye exams are expensive. You want to know what your responsibilities are before you schedule an appointment.
When searching for an optometrist it is helpful to find a practice that has an onsite optician. This reduces the time you have to wait to get your new glasses or contact lenses. It is also helpful if there is a problem with the lenses that you need to have corrected right away.
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