Role of Optician, Optometrist and Ophthalmologist in a Rehabilitation Team

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Optician[edit | edit source]

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. [1]

Optometrist[edit | edit source]

Optometrists are healthcare professionals who provide primary vision care ranging from sight testing and correction to the diagnosis, treatment, and management of vision changes, which primarily involves performing eye exams and vision tests, prescribing and dispensing corrective lenses, detecting certain eye abnormalities, and prescribing medications for certain eye diseases. [1]

Ophthalmologists[edit | edit source]

Ophthalmologists are medical doctors who specializes in eye and vision care. Ophthalmologists differ from optometrists and opticians in their levels of training and in what they can diagnose and treat. An ophthalmologist diagnoses and treats all eye diseases, performs eye surgery and prescribes and fits eyeglasses and contact lenses to correct vision problems. [1]

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References [edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology & Strabismus. Difference between an Ophthalmologist, Optometrist and Optician. Available from: (accessed 26 June 2021).