What is an Optician?

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Many people tend to confuse the roles of the 3 O’s (Optician, Optometrist, Ophthalmologist). While all 3 specialize in the health and safety of your eyes and vision, each perform a specific role.

An Optician has vast knowledge of all the different types of corrective lenses and contact lenses available and are trained to dispense them with precision. They are able to style your face with the correct frame for function and style. Their focus is on the mechanical correction of your vision.

An Optometrist specializes in examining, diagnosing, treating, managing and preventing diseases and disorders of the visual system, the eye and related structure. They are the primary source for your corrective prescription.

An Ophthalmologist is a physician who, upon graduation from medical school, undertakes several years of post-graduate training in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the eye. As well as diagnosing and treating ocular disease either by medical or surgical means.

Here at Opticianado, we have highly skilled opticians with many years of experience who are ready to assist you with your eyeglasses and contact lenses. To make your experience easier, have a copy of your prescription ready before your visit which is valid for 1 year after your exam. While we are still able to fill expired prescriptions, it is very important to have our eyes checked regularly as there may be underlying problems that do not directly affect your vision. Always ask for your prescription before leaving your optometrist (even if there is no change).

Sources:
http://www.licensedoptician.ca/
http://www.optom.on.ca/
http://www.collegeoptom.on.ca/

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