Ophthalmologist Versus Optometrist Versus Optician

Doctors are known as semi-gods as after God, only doctors can save a person from dying or take him out of near death condition. There are different kinds of doctors who are experienced in dealing with different kinds of medical conditions. However, one thing must be kept in mind that an individual doctor cannot deal with every kind of medical condition. There are surgeons, who are allowed to perform surgeries, then there are specialists who have specialised in treating particular part of human body and finally there are general practitioners who know about every medical condition but cannot perform surgery. Similarly, there are eye specialists who are well acknowledged with eye related issues. In this article, we will be discussing about the comparison between ophthalmologist, optician and optometrist.


Ophthalmologist is the doctor who have specialised in diagnosing, treating and operating eye and eye related issues. They have taken the full course of eye specialisation after attaining the degree of MBBS. Ophthalmologist is also known as an eye specialist. Ophthalmologist can treat all eye related deformities, infections, allergies and diseases. They diagnose the condition, then prescribe the medication and finally opt for surgery. They are well acknowledged and expert enough to cure every eye condition be it cataracts, near sightedness, far sightedness, macular degeneration, glaucoma and many other such deformities.


An optometrist is the person who can examine the eye and can give the prescription. Some optometrists are allowed to examine various eye diseases and prescribe the required prescription. However, they are not allowed to carry out the eye surgery as they are not qualified as much as ophthalmologists.


Optician is the person who can give the required lenses or glasses. Nearsightedness and far sightedness are the only conditions that can be examined and prescribed by the optician. Besides that, optician cannot diagnose, treat or operate any other eye condition or deformity.

Even though all three; ophthalmologist, optometrist and optician are the professionals who deal with eye and eye related conditions but still there lies great differences among the three. Ophthalmologist is the most qualified and expert among all, he is the specialist who is able to diagnose, treat and operate eye professionally.  Then there is optometrist who can diagnose and prescribe some of the eye diseases but cannot perform surgery. Lastly, there is an optician who can only examine and prescribe for near sightedness and far sightedness.


Ophthalmologist, optometrist and optician all are eye related professionals who differ from each other on the basis of their qualification and experience. Ophthalmologist is the most qualified and experienced one which is why he is also known as an eye specialist. He can treat any kind of eye deformity and can also carry out eye surgery. An optometrist can deal with some of the eye diseases but cannot operate they eye. On the other hand, an optician can provide prescription for far sightedness and near sightedness. “New vision clinics” offers the services of the best ophthalmologists.