What is the difference between an ophthalmologist,optometrist and optician?
There are three main types of eye care specialists which include optometrists, opticians and ophthalmologists. For basic eye care, an optometrist may what you will be looking for. Optometrists are health care professionals who provide primary vision care which includes checking your eyesight, treating basic vision problems such as near and farsightedness using contacts or glasses and diagnosing issues you may be experiencing. An optometrist will hold an OD degree and has the ability to detect some abnormalities with the eyes, prescribe some medications and offer corrective lenses. Anything above this will require the more specialized services of an ophthalmologist.
An ophthalmologist is an eye doctor or an eye M.D. Specializing in eye and vision care, ophthalmologists are trained for all types of eye issues and conditions and will sometimes specialize in specific areas of surgical eye care as well. While ophthalmologists have the ability to offer eye exams, they can also offer medical care for conditions such as glaucoma, trauma and other surgical eye care procedures in addition to other services such as plastic surgery and diagnosis of more difficult diseases.
An optician is not a doctor but still offers an important service helping to evaluate lens prescriptions, provide, repair or adjust glasses, frames or contacts, helping to assist in picking lenses and frames and ordering products.
Choosing the right eye doctor for you depends on your needs. Be sure your eye doctor has what you are looking for from your eye care specialist including the ability to treat all your eye care needs. Take care of your eyes. Be sure to get checkups, monitor your sight and if you have any concerns, see an eye doctor right away.
If you are looking for a qualified and skilled eye doctor in Cheboygan MI, Alpine Eye Care is the right choice. To learn more about the staff of Alpine Eye Care, you can see more about our doctors on our website. Alpine Eye Care is a skilled eye doctor in Cheboygan MI. Located at 810 South Main Street, our Cheboygan office offers a convenient location for those in need of an eye doctor in northern Michigan. Alpine Eye Care affords the convenience of two additional offices in Grayling and Gaylord as well. If you are in need of an eye exam in Cheboygan MI, contact Alpine Eye Care at 231.627.3169 to schedule an appointment or fill out our online contact form which can be found here.