Doctors of Optometry provide comprehensive eye examinations that determine both quality of vision and the overall health of your eyes. They are the primary care providers offering a convenient one-stop destination for all things eye health related, including prevention, diagnosis, treatment, health information and eyewear products.
Doctors of Optometry may also refer patients to appropriate specialists for advanced medical, surgical or laser treatments.
Doctors of Optometry, ophthalmologists and opticians.
We call these "The Three 'O's." But what is the difference between each practitioner?
- When it comes to vision and eye health, the primary health-care provider is your Doctor of Optometry (optometrist). A Doctor of Optometry has completed a Bachelor of Science degree or higher, followed by a four year Doctor of Optometry degree from an accredited university’s school of optometry. A Doctor of Optometry is educated, clinically trained and licensed to deliver the best standard of comprehensive primary eye care.
- An ophthalmologist is a physician who, upon graduation from medical school, undertakes several years of post-graduate training in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the eye. As well as diagnosing and treating ocular disease either by medical or surgical means, ophthalmologists may offer oculo-visual assessment, which includes prescription for corrective lenses.
- An optician provides, fits, and adjusts eyeglasses, contact lenses or subnormal vision devices on the prescription of a Doctor of Optometry or physician.
All three professions are governed by their respective Colleges under the authority of the Regulated Health Professions Act.
A regular eye exam is a key part of eye health and good vision. Use our FIND A DOCTOR tool to find your local Doctor of Optometry near you.