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Sophie knew she needed to get her eyes checked. She had been having trouble seeing and had been experiencing some pain and tearing in her eyes, usually after a long day of staring at computer screens. Her friend told her to go see an optician, but someone else who overheard their conversations said no, she should visit the optometrist instead.

Intrigued by these words Sophie went online and found one more eye doctor mentioned; an ophthalmologist. Now, which of these three doctors was she to go visit? Who are these people and what do they do? Let’s find out.



Optometrists  provide primary care through eye and vision examinations, prescribing and dispensing corrective lenses, prescribing medication for specific eye diseases and detecting eye abnormalities. They primarily do not perform surgeries but  in some countries they are licensed to perform some procedures like foreign body removal and minor surgeries.



An ophthalmologist is an eye doctor who specialises in diagnosing and treating medical and surgical problems. They treat eye diseases, practice surgery and can prescribe corrective glasses and invasive treatments. They also conduct research with other professionals on causes and cures for eye diseases and other visual problems.


Opticians do not conduct eye tests or prescribe glasses. They also cannot diagnose or treat eye diseases. Their specialization is the fitting and crafting of eyeglasses. An optician is the best person to help you get the best frames to fit your face and style, They take the prescriptions prescribed by optometrists and ophthalmologists and will fit the prescribed lenses into the frames and adjust them according to your facial features and ear size.


Now, which of these doctors should Sophie see? Tell us your answer in the comments section. Feel free to contact us for more information about your eye health.