For such a small part of our bodies, our eyes are one of the most complex and complicated parts of us. Because of this there are different roles within eye care to care for the varying degrees of problems we may encounter. But how do I know who to see with any eye issues? And how can I find a good optician or optometrist near me?
The first person many will go and see is an optician. They are often found on high streets and walk in offices. While they are likely the first person you speak to or see, their role is much more limited. They are more of a customer service role. If it is decided that you need glasses, they will help you to choose a style that fits you and help to make sure that the measurements are correct for your face. They also take care of the admin needed for each client and will process payments, etc.
The other extreme in eye care is an ophthalmologist. They have spent many years training and because of their knowledge, they are the ones that will perform most surgeries. They are the only ones that will perform more complex surgeries and because of this, this is what they do most of the time.
So, what about everything in between? From eye tests to some surgeries, who takes care of our eyes? This is the role of an optometrist. You will find them working along with opticians in high street shops, but it is the optometrist who will diagnose and then treat any eye conditions that come up. But you will also find them, as mentioned above, performing certain surgeries. They do not have quite the level of training that the ophthalmologists have, but they are able to perform less complex surgeries. It is an optometrist that will complete your eye examinations and give you prescriptions for your glasses or contact lenses. If a condition is more serious and requires extensive treatment or a possible serious eye surgery, they may consult with an ophthalmologist, or refer you on to one. So, whatever your eye condition, you will at some point be seen and assessed by an optometrist.
Because of how much they cover, you want to be sure that you see one that is experienced and qualified and has an excellent reputation to boot. So make sure you do some thorough research and find one near you that ticks all these boxes so that you can have the confidence that your eyes are being protected and cared for in the best way possible.