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Wednesday, March 05 2014


It is very important that you understand the different eye specialists when searching for a doctor to treat your child. Of course the names of these doctors all begin with the letter "O" which may cause confusion.   An ophthalmologist is a physician who specializes in the medical and surgical care of the eyes and visual system, they also focus on the prevention of eye disease and injury.  Optometrists diagnose and treat vision problems, eye diseases and related conditions, and prescribe eyeglasses, contact lenses, and medications to treat eye disorders.   A dispensing optician fits eyeglasses and, in some states, contact lenses. They analyze and interpret prescriptions written by ophthalmologists or optometrists to determine which eyeglasses or contact lenses are best suited to the patient's lifestyle and visual needs.  Orthoptists are key members of a team whose goal is to provide evaluation, understanding, and treatment to children and adults with disorders affecting visual function.

Go to for a more complete definition of each doctor.

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