WHAT IS OPTOMETRY?
The definition of Optometry is a:
Health care profession concerned with the eyes and related structures, as well as vision, visual systems and vision information processing in humans.
OPTHALMOLOGIST VS OPTOMETRIST
An ophthalmologist practices ophthalmology and is an eye specialist for medical and surgical problems. He deals with the diseases and surgery of the visual pathways, including the eye, hairs and areas surrounding the eye, such as the lacrimal system and eyelids.
An optometrist practices optometry and would conduct a thorough examination of the outer and inner structures of the eye and either prescribes spectacles, contact lenses, low vision devices or eye exercises depending on the findings. Optometrists are also trained to identify ocular diseases and would then refer the patient to an ophthalmologist for further treatment if ocular disease was found during an eye examination.