Eye care professionals
Broadly there are two groups of eye care professionals. Optometrists are skilled in testing for defects of vision, generally in order to prescribe corrective glasses contact lenses and low visual aids and magnifiers. They are also experienced in recognizing eye disease and are a good source of information.
Ophthalmologists (Eye Doctors) are medical practitioners specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases. An ophthalmologist will have trained as a general doctor first before specialist training.
Often your first port of call will be the optometrist who will assess your vision. If they detect underlying eye problems they may choose to seek the opinion of an ophthalmologist. They sometimes monitor your condition in conjunction with an ophthalmologist.
For more information about Optometrists and Ophthalmologists please download this PDF brochure.
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Further information about eye problems can be obtained from this link to Eyesmart.
This is a website operated by the American Academy of Ophthalmologists (AAO), with whom I am a member. The AAO represents the largest group of eye doctors in the world. This is a fantastic resource from which you can gain excellent information on most eye conditions and surgery as well as being able to ask or look up common questions.