What’s the difference between Optometrists & Ophthalmologists?
The similarities between an Optometrist and an Ophthalmologist are enough to be confusing at the best of times. The key similarity is the fact that both specialists work on eyes and provide dedicated care to your eye health. However the key difference of an Ophthalmologist over an Optometrist is that an Ophthalmologist is an official doctor, a doctor specialising in eye care. An Optometrist is still a medical professional however not trained as a doctor. See the following differences between the two specialities
An Ophthalmologist can…
- operate on your eyes
- diagnose disease
- perform plastic surgery based around the eye area
- offer medical care for eye conditions such as glaucoma
An Optometrist cannot perform any of the above, however it is important to note that an Optometrist is still important as they can and will refer to an Ophthalmologist for any of the above mentioned items. An Optometrist and an Ophthalmologist work together to ensure you receive the best outcome. An Ophthalmologist has studied to become a doctor for many years, just like any other surgeon. If you are experiencing any eye concerns, contact one of our Ophthalmologists with any questions on 9601 4488.