What’s the Difference between an Optician, an Optometrist and an Ophthalmologist?

Opticians are not doctors, but in some states they must complete training and be licensed, and after special training, can become certified to fit contact lenses. Most opticians sell and fit eyeglasses, sunglasses, and specialty eyewear based on a prescription written by an optometrist's or ophthalmologist. Some Opticians have equipment on the premises that allows them to grind lenses and put them in frames without ordering from an outside lab.

Optometrists are Doctors of optometry (ODs). They examine eyes for both vision and health problems, prescribe glasses, and fit contact lenses. They can also prescribe many ophthalmic medications and often participate in your pre- and postoperative care in the event you have eye surgery. ODs must complete four years of post-graduate optometry school for their doctorate. 

Ophthalmologists are medical doctors (MD) who specialize in the eye. Ophthalmologists perform treat disease, prescribe medication, perform surgery and administer eye exams. They can write prescriptions for medication and for eyeglasses and contact lenses.

Why are eye exams important?

Routine eye exams are important whatever age or overall health. Regular eye exams can provide early detection of vision problems, eye diseases, and other general health related problems before they become an issue. Based on the results of your comprehensive eye exam, your Optometrist will determine a treatment plan (if needed) for your eye health needs.

Do you take insurance?

Our office is an approved Medicare provider. We participate in many additional vision and medical insurance programs including Medicare, Pennsylvania Blue Shield, Capital Blue Cross, and Berkshire Health. We also regularly add new insurance plans, so please call our office to see what other insurance plans we accept.

It is your responsibility to pay any deductible, coinsurance, or other fee that is not paid by your insurance company. WE CANNOT GUARANTEE PAYMENT OF YOUR INSURANCE CLAIM. ANY DISAGREEMENT OF ELIGIBILITY OR COVERAGE IS BETWEEN YOU AND YOUR INSURANCE COMPANY.

I have perfect or "20/20" vision. Do I still need to have a regular eye exam?

Absolutely! Many eye diseases or disorders have nothing to do with your general vision, and are asymptomatic. It is best to detect any condition and initiate treatment as early as possible to avoid or minimize visual impairment.