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What’s an OD?

Opticians, optometrists, ophthalmologists…what’s the difference?!

From TheĀ  American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus:
Optometrists (OD’s) are doctors who provide primary vision care ranging from sight testing and correction to the diagnosis, treatment, and management of vision changes.

An ophthalmologist (eye MD) is a medical doctor who specializes in eye and vision care. An ophthalmologist diagnoses and treats all eye diseases and performs eye surgery .

Opticians are technicians trained to design, verify and fit eyeglass lenses and frames, contact lenses, and other devices to correct eyesight. They use prescriptions supplied by ophthalmologists or optometrists, but do not test vision or write prescriptions for visual correction. Opticians do not diagnose or treat eye diseases.

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