Who’s Who in Optometry?

Some titles can be difficult to understand and then you end up at the wrong person for the job. So in the light of our mission making optometry easier to understand, we made you a list of the providers in the optical industry to help you find the right person for the job.

Optometrist:

Optometrists are primary health care providers who examine, diagnose, treat, and manage disorders of the visual system and the eye. They prescribe and provide eyeglasses, contact lenses, low vision aids and vision therapy to correct the above-mentioned disorders. Optometrists also do testing to determine the patient’s ability to focus and coordinate the eye, judge depth perception, and see colors accurately. Your eye function is our priority. We advise on the best fit and supplies the most appropriate spectacles after taking account of each patient’s visual, lifestyle and vocational needs.

Ophthalmologist:

Or in layman’s terms, the Eye Specialist or Eye Doctor. These doctors are specialized in the eye health and structure. They fall under secondary health care providers who examine, diagnose, treat and manage diseases of the eye. Your eye health is their main priority. They do all the surgeries (Cataract, Lasik etc.) and prescribing medicines (glaucoma eye drops, ARMD injections etc.) that is necessary.

Optical Assistant:

Frontline staff at the Optometrist practice. They care of all the day to day admin necessary so our patient get their appointments, sorting out the medical aid claims and ordering all the spectacles. They are trained in advising patients on the best products available, quality eyewear and assist in repairing spectacles.

Ocularist:

An ocularist is a trained technician skilled in the arts of fitting, shaping, and painting ocular prostheses for patients who have lost an eye due to trauma or illness. In addition to creating it, the ocularist shows the patient how to handle and care for the prosthesis, and provides long-term care through periodic examinations.

 

Even though the different fields may overlap and we usually take hands when we all work together, each person is there to assist you in the best possible way.

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