Confused about the difference between an optometrist or an ophthalmologist? Ever wondered what part an ophthalmologist or an orthoptist could play in your eye health?
Read on to learn more about the different eye care practitioners, so you can visit the right person for your vision needs.
A simple guide
This simple guide can combat confusion at a glance.
- An optometrist tests your eyes and eye health.
- Ophthalmologists are doctors who specialise in eye health.
More about eye care practitioners
Read below to discover the level of training and places of work of the different eye care practitioners, and what each can do for you.
They are trained to examine your eyes, test your eyesight, plus prescribe and fit contact lenses. They can also diagnose eye conditions and refer you to a specialist if necessary.
Optometrists first complete an optometry degree.
Some optometrists have further training to specialise in different expert areas of eye health or vision needs, such as eye treatment or sports vision.
Ophthalmologists are qualified doctors who specialise in eye health. They diagnose and treat eye conditions or injury and perform eye surgery.
Here is the list of the eye-practitioners in South Africa.