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Ophthalmologists or Optometrists?

 

What Are the Differences Between Ophthalmologists, Optometrists, and Opticians?

Ophthalmologists, optometrists and opticians all provide eye care services. It is important to understand what each of the "three Os" is qualified to do.

Ophthalmologists
An ophthalmologist is a physician (doctor of medicine, MD, or doctor of osteopathy, DO) who specializes in the medical and surgical care of the eyes and visual system and in the prevention of eye disease and injury. An ophthalmologist has completed four or more years of college premedical education, four or more years of medical school, one year of internship and three or more years of specialized medical and surgical and refractive training and experience in eye care. An ophthalmologist is a specialist who is qualified by lengthy medical education, training and experience to diagnose, treat and manage all eye and visual systems and is licensed by a state regulatory board to practice medicine and surgery. An ophthalmologist is a medically trained specialist who can deliver total eye care: primary, secondary and tertiary (i.e., vision services, contact lenses, eye examinations, medical eye care and surgical eye care), diagnose general diseases of the body and treat ocular manifestations of systemic diseases.

 

Optometrists
An optometrist is a health service provider who is involved exclusively with vision problems. Optometrists are specifically educated and trained by an accredited optometry college in a four year course, but have not attended medical school. They are state licensed to examine the eyes and to determine the presence of vision problems. Optometrists determine visual acuity and prescribe spectacles, contact lenses and eye exercises. Optometrists may perform all services listed under the definition of an optician. Some states permit optometrists to give limited treatments of some eye conditions.

 

Opticians
An optician is a technician who makes, verifies and delivers lenses, frames and other specially fabricated optical devices and/or contact lenses upon prescription to the intended wearer. The opticians' functions include prescription analysis and interpretation; determination of the lens forms best suited to the wearers needs; the preparation and delivery of work orders for the grinding of lenses and the fabrication of eye wear, the verification of the finished ophthalmic products; and the adjustment, replacement, REPAIR and reproduction of previously prepared ophthalmic lenses, frames and other specially fabricated ophthalmic devices.

Definitions Provided by the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

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Words are not enough to express the kindness and care I received from Dr. Bernard Perez. I am an RN, Health coach who works in the hospital. And I had asked the physicians I work with who they use for their optimal vision. They told me "go to the Perez brothers ". I am grateful for this recommendation to this day.
Dr. Bernard Perez has examined my eyes to fit me with the best lens in contacts. This has benefited me to see far and near as an RN and figure skater.
Time was never a factor in his examination room as he educated me and exchanged glances to try to find the optimal power for my eyes.
I am now post-op from intraocular lens placement surgery related to cataracts. Dr. Bernard Perez displayed the essence of loving kindness in my care. My mother has scheduled an appointment that she has witnessed his passion and kindness Dr. Bernard Perez is a devoted physician and a healer who puts the patients needs first.
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Dr. Perez,

I was blind in one eye until I met you. Now I can see everything. My wish for Christmas was 20-20 vision,
and I have it because of you.
Thank you so much!

Love,
Nathaniel

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Nathaniel

When a young patient heard that Dr. Ben was being treated for throat cancer she wrote him a letter...

Dear Dr. Ben

I’ll never forget the memorable night I experienced when A Frisbee hit my eyeball the night before Easter. When all other doctors refused to come in and see me when they heard about the incident, you did. Out of the kindness of your heart, you thought of me as one of your own children. There is not a day that goes by that I do not think about what you did for me you are my hero. Not just once did you save my eyesight, but you did on multiple occasions. Unfortunately, it’s your turn to be the patient as opposed to being the doctor. I have spent all of my life at the patient and you have inspired me to become a Doctor in the near future. As an experienced patient, know the doctors want to help you and keep a positive mind. It may seem that the doctors are putting you through the worst treatment possible, but they want to help. You will get better just give it time.

You are a very important person to me and when Dr. Don told me what was going on I was upset. I do not understand why God puts people with special hearts through such difficult times. My hypothesis is that he knows you have enough power and strength to overcome the high level of adversity. You are a wonderful Doctor with a great soul and the obstacles you go through for your patients are very generous. Your magical hands have saved hundreds. I know God has sent a special Doctor out there for you and you will be ok. You were my special Doctor that God made sure I had when I was in need, or in their words, my guardian angel. You are constantly in my thoughts and prayers. With each passing treatment, know that you are getting closer to a full recovery, and back to your office to check on my eyes!
All my Love,
Katie

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