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Types of Eye Doctors and Professionals
Eye doctors evaluate the overall health of your eyes and can also prescribe vision correction solutions such as glasses or contacts. Eye exams can detect over 270 different medical conditions, and if your vision is blurry or you have difficulty seeing in low light, an eye doctor may be able to prescribe a solution for you.
There are three types of eye care professionals you might see at your appointment—an ophthalmologist (MD), optometrist (OD) and optician. Ever wonder what each eye care professional does? Here’s a breakdown:
- Is a medical doctor (MD) or a doctor of osteopathic medicine (DO) and completed a residency in ophthalmology
- Manages and treats complex medical and surgical eye problems often by sub-specialty
- Can provide comprehensive eye examinations and may fit contact lenses
- Is a doctor of optometry (OD) and many have completed a specialized residency program
- Can treat certain eye problems and diseases with medications and/or procedures
- Provides comprehensive eye examinations and fits contact lenses
- Is a person engaged in providing eye wear and may have formal training and licensure based on state regulations
- Fits and sells eyewear based on prescriptions written by optometrists or ophthalmologists
- May provide assistance in dispensing contact lenses and, in some states, may oversee the fitting of contact lenses
Before your next eye exam, be sure to review our information on how to best prepare for your appointment.