What is an Optometrist?

The optometrist can be thought of as the GP for your eyes. The role of the optometrist is to address any visual issues that you may have and has evolved to include two main parts:

The first is the measurement of the vision and focus of the eyes at both distance and near and, how the eyes work together, or binocular vision. If any correction is required this may include the use of spectacles, contact lenses or even eye exercises.

The second is the detection of any eye disease. This involves looking at the front of and inside the eyes for any abnormalities. If any are found it may be recommended that you see your own GP, or an ophthalmologist.

Other people you may see involved with your eyes include the ophthalmologist and optician.

An ophthalmologist is an eye surgeon who has first trained as a medical doctor and then completed subsequent training over many years specializing in eyes. Eye disease and abnormalities may be treated with medication and/or surgery.

An optician is involved with the optical side of things primarily, including selection of spectacle frames and lenses and the dispensing of the finished spectacles.