How frequently should you see an eye doctor and who you should see depends on your age and any underlying medical conditions you might have. Ophthalmologists, optometrists and opticians all play a key role in protecting and preserving your vision.
At Massachusetts Eye Associates, our doctors include ophthalmologists, sub-specialists in retina and pediatrics, and optometrists. In addition, each office offers a convenient optical shop supported by certified and licensed opticians.
Ophthalmologists are medical doctors who specialize in treating the diseases of the eye, such as cataracts, glaucoma and macular degeneration. They are medical school graduates with post-graduate training in medical and surgical eye care.
Optometrists provide primary eye care, including diabetic eye exams. They perform routine eye exams, prescribe eyeglasses and contacts. Optometrists are eye doctors who have earned a graduate degree in optometry.
Opticians are eye care professionals skilled at fitting, adjusting and repairing glasses. They also teach patients how to wear, remove and clean contacts. Opticians typically attend technical schools to become licensed through the state and certified nationally through the American Board of Opticians.