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What's the difference between optician and ophthalmology?

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Dr. Glenn Pomerance
Ophthalmology
7 doctors agree

In brief: Education

Although all can be members of an "integrated eyecare team", the eyemd (ophthalmologist) is an md specializing in medical and surgical treatment of eye disease.
The optometrist (not a medical doctor), has education and training to diagnose/treat some medical conditions of the eye but also prescribes optical lenses for refractive errors. The optician crafts and dispenses optical products.

In brief: Education

Although all can be members of an "integrated eyecare team", the eyemd (ophthalmologist) is an md specializing in medical and surgical treatment of eye disease.
The optometrist (not a medical doctor), has education and training to diagnose/treat some medical conditions of the eye but also prescribes optical lenses for refractive errors. The optician crafts and dispenses optical products.
Dr. Glenn Pomerance
Dr. Glenn Pomerance
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1 doctor agrees

In brief: Not a podiatry ?

Optician adjusts and makes glasses.
Opthamology is a doctor who treats the eyes and associated diseases.

In brief: Not a podiatry ?

Optician adjusts and makes glasses.
Opthamology is a doctor who treats the eyes and associated diseases.
Dr. Arnold Beresh
Dr. Arnold Beresh
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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Significant

An ophthalmologist is a fully trained md who has learned much of general medicine, and then has specialty training in medical and surgical diseases of the eyes.
An optician is a technician who takes the eyeglass prescription of the ophthalmologist and the frame of choice of the customer, and makes proper eyeglasses.

In brief: Significant

An ophthalmologist is a fully trained md who has learned much of general medicine, and then has specialty training in medical and surgical diseases of the eyes.
An optician is a technician who takes the eyeglass prescription of the ophthalmologist and the frame of choice of the customer, and makes proper eyeglasses.
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Dr. Richard Bensinger
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