Optician and Optometrist: What’s the difference?
They have similar sounding titles, but their roles differ! Here’s what you need to know about opticians and optometrists.
Licensed dispensing opticians are first and foremost experts in fitting lenses for frames and contacts. They are also able to cut lenses, repair frames, and offer ergonomic advice for improving visual fatigue.
Your optician will begin by analyzing your prescription issued by an Optometrist, and will ask you lots of questions to get to know your visual needs. Next, they will recommend the best options, and together, you will choose the one that makes the most sense for your visual lifestyle.
Once a winning lens has been chosen, it’s time to move onto the fun part: selecting a frame! This part can be done with an optician or a stylist, but in both cases, the optician determines whether a particular frame will properly accommodate your lenses, whether it’s compatible with your skin type, and whether it fits properly on your face.
Once your new glasses are ready, your optician will do a final fitting of your frame. Remember that frames can shift and change with regular manipulation, so if you feel the need to come in for a frame tune-up, don’t be shy: your optician is just a phone call away!
Licensed optometrists are responsible for executing regular and emergency eye-exams. They issue your prescription, and are your first-line professional to detect and follow-up on any anomalies they might find.
While not medical doctors, optometrists are able to prescribe certain treatments and medications in limited circumstances. They are able to refer you to a medical specialist when necessary.
Like opticians, optometrists are also able to advise you on the choice of lenses and contact lenses.
Opticians and optometrists work together, with your eyes, and with you!