An optician takes care of glasses and contact lenses. They can help if you need lenses or frames for your glasses or a contact lens fitting. Opticians fill prescriptions that optometrists and ophthalmologists supply but they cannot write their own prescriptions or carry out an eye test. Also, they cannot diagnose an eye condition or disease.
An optician is an optical technician and isn’t trained to the same level as an optometrist. When you make an appointment you need to make sure you choose the right person for your requirements.
An optometrist will test vision, diagnose eye diseases and prescribe lenses and any medications necessary. Optometrists have a Doctor of Optometry degree, and four years of training, but they are not medical doctors. An optometrist provides pre and post-op care for eye surgery and will look after you through any long term treatment of eye disease.
It is recommended you get your eyes tested once a year. Please give us a call on 0203 418 8488 or visit our website at http://www.communitycareopticians.co.uk if you would like an eye test at home. This is a great service for those with limited mobility or the elderly and can be carried out on the NHS if eligible.