The Difference Between an Ophthalmologist, Optometrist and Optician

Serving Poughkeepsie, Fishkill and Nearby Areas of the Hudson Valley

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Many people simply refer to ophthalmologists, optometrists and opticians as eye doctors, but they are separate professions. Call our Fishkill office today.Many men and women refer to ophthalmologists, optometrists and opticians as eye doctors. This generic term loops these eye care professionals into the same group, but each eye doctor has something different to offer patients. At Seeta Eye Centers, we have both board-certified ophthalmologists and an optometrist to ensure our patients have access to quality care whether you’re in our office for an eye exam or LASIK eye surgery.

What is an Ophthalmologist?

An ophthalmologist is the only variation of an eye doctor certified to perform eye surgery. These medical doctors go through four years of college, then attend medical school for four additional years before completing an internship year and at least three years of an ophthalmology residency program at a hospital. Ophthalmologists—such as our Dr. Modi, and Dr. Wolter—are also required to continue their education and keep up with the latest technology and techniques in eye care and surgery.

What is an Optometrist?

Optometrists can diagnose eye diseases and conditions such as dry eye syndrome, glaucoma and cataracts. They are also able to prescribe specific medications, eyeglasses and contact lenses. An optometrist—such as our Dr. Guzman—must have a four-year college degree in science as well as attend optometry school to complete an additional four years of post-graduate training.

What is an Optician?

Opticians typically have professional training and are licensed to provide eye care. However, not every state requires formal instruction. These eye care professionals can order, fit, adjust and repair eyeglasses and contact lenses, but they can’t write a prescription themselves or diagnose eye conditions.

Our ophthalmologists have decades of experience with eye surgery and have seen how much perfect vision can improve the lives of our Fishkill patients. Together, our ophthalmologists and optometrist provide comprehensive eye care to patients throughout New York.

If you’re experiencing vision changes or it is time for your annual eye exam, please call Seeta Eye Centers in Fishkill today at 845-454-1025 . Our eye doctors serve patients in Fishkill and Poughkeepsie, New York.