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Dr. Bertram Kraft
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Opticians (Overview)

Opticians are healthcare professionals that make corrective eyewear.


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What are different type of eye doctors. Ophthalmologist, optometrist, optician?

What are different type of eye doctors. Ophthalmologist, optometrist, optician?

OD, MD: An opthalmologist goes to medical school and gets an md, then spends 4 more years of training in medicine and surgery with 3 years of emphasis on eye treatment and eye surgery. Some ophthalmologists spend additional years in fellowship training. An optometrist goes to a 4 year optometry school and does non-surgical eye treatment, glasses and contact lenses. An optician makes and fits glasses. ...Read more

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Dr. Bertram Kraft
54 doctors shared insights

Opticians (Overview)

Opticians are healthcare professionals that make corrective eyewear.


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Why do ophthalmologists dislike optometrists?

Why do ophthalmologists dislike optometrists?

Do they?: Some optometrists want to be "primary eye doctors" and many ophthalmologists feel they are not qualified for this role. Also optometrists expand their legal role, not through demonstration of expertise, but through aggressive lobbying. Many think this is wrong. ...Read more

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How do optician, optometrist, orthoptist and opthamologist differ?

How do optician, optometrist, orthoptist and opthamologist differ?

Training: Ophthalmologists are full md specialists of medicine and surgery of the eye who have graduated from medical school, internship, and residency. Optometrists do not go to medical school, or even pre-med. They go to optometry school where they learn about prescribing eye glasses as well as basic information about diseases of the eye. Opticians go through a certification to learn about glasses. ...Read more

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Can aspheric eyeglass lenses help nearsighted people?

Can aspheric eyeglass lenses help nearsighted people?

Aspheric glasses: Aspheric glasses may minimize induction of aberrations in nearsighted people but usually not to a clinically significant degree. That being said you are better off spending your money on high index glass to minimize the thickness and weight of your glasses. Contact lenses are also a very good option. ...Read more

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Do optometrists treat cataracts?

Do optometrists treat cataracts?

Nonsignificant ones: Presence of a cataract does not mean it needs to be removed (natural aging change of the eye). Optometrists can change a glasses prescription as a cataract grows/affects refractive error (i.e. Myopic shift). Only when it's visually significant (affecting daily life) and otherwise good potential then the cataract is removed by an ophthalmologist via cataract surgery. ...Read more

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Willvisual acuity always determine eyeglass prescription?

Willvisual acuity always determine eyeglass prescription?

Not sure: I do not understand the question but the larger the eye glasses prescription, the poorer the uncorrected vision. With proper correction (glasses or contacts), most people should be able to see 20/20 or better. ...Read more

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Do doctors recommend lasik eye surgery?

Do doctors recommend lasik eye surgery?

After an evaluation: with your eye doctor, they will let you know if you qualify. Important factors are a stable prescription, a thick enough cornea to treat, and no existing eye diseases. The goal is ensure safety and satisfaction after the surgery. Good luck ...Read more

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Is polycarbonate eyeglass lens expensive?

Is polycarbonate eyeglass lens expensive?

A little more: Polycarbonate lenses have a higher index of refraction and can be made a little thinner which lightens the eyeglasses and makes them more comfortable. So they charge a little more for them. I consider eyeglass costs way too high for the technology and manufacturing costs, but it is an industry charging what the public will put up with. ...Read more

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What's the difference amongst optometrist, ophthalmologist and optician.?

What's the difference amongst optometrist, ophthalmologist and optician.?

Training: Ophthalmologists are full md specialists of medicine and surgery of the eye who have graduated from medical school, internship, and residency. Optometrists do not go to medical school, or even pre-med. They go to optometry school where they learn about prescribing eye glasses as well as basic information about diseases of the eye. Opticians are certified through a course to fit eye wear. ...Read more

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Vision impairment question! who diagnoses most of them==optician or optometrist?

Vision impairment question! who diagnoses most of them==optician or optometrist?

O.D., M.D.: A primer on eyecare professionals: opticians are trained and licensed to make prescription eye glasses, while optometrists are doctors who are trained to diagnose and treat most eye conditions. Ophthalmologists are medical doctors who specialize in treatment of the eye both medically and surgically. Most vision conditions are diagnosed by either optometrists or ophthalmologists. ...Read more

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Do diopters measure nearsightedness?

Do diopters measure nearsightedness?

Yes: Nearsighted eyeglass (or contact) correction will be denoted on the prescription as a (-) power and a number (e.g. -2.75) which would be a nearsighted person with a power of minus 2.75 diopters. ...Read more

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Can optometrists detect cataracts?

Can optometrists detect cataracts?

Sometimes: Some optometrists can recognize a cataract while others might not. If you are concerned that a cataract might be present, it is best to see an ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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Please explain who does the eye test, are they optometrist, opticians or opthalmologist?

Please explain who does the eye test, are they optometrist, opticians or opthalmologist?

Yes: Optometrists and ophthalmologists do eye examinations. Opticians do not - they deal with the glasses and sometimes, contact lenses. ...Read more

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Will visual acuity always determine eyeglass prescription?

Will visual acuity always determine eyeglass prescription?

No, not always: Visual acuity is a measure of how well you see. In most cases this reflects on what your prescription might be but it can't estimate it exactly. There are many other factors that determine how well you see: if your retina is healthy and if there are other problems with your cornea or lens. It's possible to have poor visual acuity and yet have no need for glasses. ...Read more

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What're the differences between optometrists, ophthalmologists, and mds?

What're the differences between optometrists, ophthalmologists, and mds?

Several: Ophthalmologists attende medical school and receive an md or do degree and then do a residency in ophthalmology. Optometrist do 4 years at an optometry school and receive an od degree. ...Read more

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Are lasiks or laser eye doctors going to replace optometrists?

Are lasiks or laser eye doctors going to replace optometrists?

No: Even if everyone could have laser eye surgery (and they cannot,), there are many other conditions of your eyes that require regular examinations and treatment. Optometry is an important component of delivering eye care and will not be going away. ...Read more

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Can I buy contacts and glasses from opticians?

Can I buy contacts and glasses from opticians?

Glasses -yes: Opticians take an ophthalmologist's prescription and make lenses to fit in your choice of eyeglass frames. In a few jurisdictions they can prescribe and fit contacts but most cannot do this. In many areas they can take a prescription for contacts and apply them to the eye, or sell the lenses based solely on that prescription. ...Read more

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Are crizal lenses recommended for myopic eyes?

Are crizal lenses recommended for myopic eyes?

Maybe: Crizal is an anti-reflective and anti-scratch coating that will allow more light through your glasses and make them last longer. It is a reasonable investment. ...Read more

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Will lasik or laser eye surgeries replace optometrists?

Will lasik or laser eye surgeries replace optometrists?

No: No. Even after laser surgery, people need to have regular eye examinations to ensure ocular health (especially if they had a high prescription or have other ocular or systemic disease). Not all patients are able to have laser eye surgery and those patients will need glasses or contact lenses for vision correction. ...Read more

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