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Adventures in Eyecare: Optometry, Opthamology and Opticianry

Updated: Oct 3, 2023



Optometry, ophthalmology, and opticianry are three distinct realms within the realm of vision care. Each plays a crucial role in preserving and enhancing our ability to see. These professionals, while interconnected, differ significantly in their scope, education, and the services they provide.Whether adopting new diagnostic techniques, staying informed about emerging treatments, or mastering the latest lens technologies, optometrists, opthamologists and opticians contribute their expertise to an evolving landscape of vision care.


Fact #1 - Training


Eyecare professionals obtain a significant amount of training in their chosen professions. Their commitment to eye health is demonstrated by years of dedicated training, education and practice.


Optometrists complete eight years of education to secure a doctor of optometry (OD) degree.


Ophthalmologists are medical doctors (MDs). Opthamologists undergo a residency program lasting three to seven years. All together opthamologists obtain eleven to fifteen yeas of training.


Opticians typically obtain an associate degree in opticianry or complete specialized training programs in two years or less. These programs cover lens technologies, frame fitting, and the intricacies of crafting eyeglasses.


Fact #2 - Services


The scope of practice is another critical factor distinguishing these professions. Optometrists, with their broad training, are often the first line of defense in vision care. They diagnose and manage a multitude of conditions, from refractive errors to more complex eye diseases. Optometrists can prescribe medications, including those for eye infections and glaucoma, and provide pre- and post-operative care for various eye surgeries.


Optometrists are primary eye care providers, specializing in examining, diagnosing, and treating a range of visual disorders. Optometrists can prescribe medications, including those for eye infections and glaucoma, and provide pre- and post-operative care for various eye surgeries. Comprehensive eye exams are conducted to determine eye and vision health and recommend preventive measures.


Opthamologists perform surgeries like LASIK for vision correction, cataract removal, and treatments for retinal disorders. Ophthalmologists also manage conditions such as glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and macular degeneration, often working in collaboration with optometrists for comprehensive patient care.

Opticians translate prescriptions into tangible solutions that enhance both sight and style. Opticians, with their technical acumen, bridge the gap between prescriptions and practical eyewear, ensuring that individuals not only see well but also look good while doing so.


Fact #3 - Subspecialties

Optometrists can specialize in Pediatric Optometry, low vision rehabilitation, or ocular disease.


Opthamologists may focus on surgical interventions for conditions such as cataracts, glaucoma, and retinal disorders. Ophthalmologists are uniquely qualified to perform eye surgeries, including laser procedures and may specialize in glaucoma, retina, cornea, Pediatrics Neurology and Oculo-Plastic Surgery.


Opticians keep up to speed on precision eyewear using lens technologies, frame fitting, and crafting a range of eyeglasses.



Optical Excellence in Visioncare


The fields of optometry, ophthalmology, and opticianry complement each other, forming a cohesive network that addresses the diverse needs of individuals seeking vision care. At Medical Center Opticians, we recognize your individuality and assist you in finding the eyeglasses that best fit your personality. MCO combines optical excellence with practical know how. We make eyewear that looks great, is easy on the pocketbook and feels great too! We provide comprehensive eye exams and opticianry services, book an appointment with us today.


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