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Home » Our Eye Care Clinic » Optometrist, Ophthalmologist and Optician: What is the Difference?

Optometrist, Ophthalmologist and Optician: What is the Difference?

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optometrist-santa-feAt Ultimate Eyecare Santa Fe, we have so many patients ask us what the difference is between and optometrist, ophthalmologist and optician.

Let’s start with Optometrist: Think of an optometrist as your primary care physician for your eyes. An optometrist (optometric physician) is usually the primary health provider for the overall health and vision of your eye. Optometric physicians diagnose and treat many eye health related conditions, such as diabetes and glaucoma. They also diagnose and treat infections of the eye. Optometric physicians will also check your vision for vision acuity problems such as farsightedness and nearsightedness, prescribing spectacles or contacts as needed. Dr. Mark is an optometric physician.

An ophthalmologist can perform the same functions as an optometric physician, but they are usually specialists in different areas of the eyes. Your optometric physician will refer you to an ophthalmologist when any condition you might have requires more specific care or even surgery. For instance, a patient with diabetes could be referred to a retina specialist if needed, for surgical intervention.

opthamologist-santa-feAn optician, on the other hand, is the person who helps you with your spectacles. They will use your prescription and the recommendations of the optometric physician to prescribe the right pair of lenses that will help you see more clearly. They will dispense these lenses to you, making sure that your frame fits correctly.

We are pleased to welcome Ken Shaw from Acoma to our Santa Fe Eye Care Center as optician! He will be seeing patients and helping them by appointment. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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