Both professions deal with eye care but have different levels of training and areas of expertise.
Understand the differences between the two to ensure that you seek the right advice for your needs.
What is an Optometrist?
An Optometrist is a primary eye health care professional who provides eye exams and medical eye examinations. Only registered Optometrists regulated by the government under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act can use the title and prescribe glasses and contact lenses. They may also prescribe medications to treat certain eye conditions depending on the severity of the condition. An optometrist is a primary eye care professional who provides comprehensive eye examinations.
What does an Optometrist do?
Most optometrists in New Zealand provide the following services:
- Complete eye examinations
- Detect & manage certain ocular diseases (e.g. glaucoma/macular degeneration) and prescribe medication if necessary
- Prescribes eyeglasses and contact lenses
- Conduct contact lens fittings and follow-up exams
Also, some of them may commit their method to a specific type of eye care.
Let’s say an Optometrist that specialises in children’s vision and vision therapy, they are called Pediatric Optometrist.
Some may concentrate on sports vision, dry eyes, myopia management, or giving care to patients with visual disabilities or low vision.
Ophthalmologists are medical doctors/tertiary eye care specialists who identify and manage all eye diseases and are licensed to conduct eye surgery. They have complete training in the medical care and treatment of eye health problems and can also prescribe glasses and contact lenses.
An optometrist may refer their patients to an ophthalmologist for further treatment if an eye disease or injury is identified.
What makes Oscar Wylee
stand out from other optometrists
At Oscar Wylee, we have a passion for helping patients maintain their eye health while showcasing their own way. This is why our loyalty to you is comprehensive eye examinations with the help of our qualified optometrists.