Know your eye health professionals
- Ophthalmologist (ɒfθalˈmɒlədʒɪst)
A fully qualified medical doctor with further specialist training in eye care, who provides comprehensive medical, surgical and optical eye care.
- Optometrist (ɒpˈtɒmɪtrɪst)
A primary eye care practitioner who provides comprehensive eye and vision care including refraction and dispensing, management and rehabilitation of eye diseases and conditions.
- Orthoptist (/ɔːˈθɒptɪst)
A specialist in diagnosis and management problems of the visual system especially those involving use of both eyes (binocular vision), and eye movement and coordination. Also involved with managing amblyopia, nystagmus and strabismus; and low vision evaluation.
- Optician (ɒpˈtɪʃ(ə)n)
An eye care professional trained to supply, prepare and dispense optical appliances such as eye glass lenses and frames, contact lenses, artificial eyes and low vision devices.
- Ocularist (ˈɒkjʊlərɪst)
A specialist in making and fitting ocular prosthesis for people who have lost their eyes.
- Low vision specialist
An optometrist or ophthalmologist or other eye health professional specially trained to evaluate and to prescribe low vision devices for people with low vision.