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Other Eye Doctor and Specialty Locators
- Contact Lens Manufacturers Association GP contact lens specialists
- Orthokeratology Academy of America Member locator
- Optometrists Network Non-surgical, doctor-supervised vision therapy
- Developmental vision care and vision therapy Find a Board certified provider
- InfantSEE public health program for infants Find a participating doctor
Additional Eye Doctor Locators by Brand
Find an eye doctor or optical retailer who offers:
- Astera soft multifocal contacts
- CooperVision contact lenses including clariti 1 day and Biofinity
- iLASIK all-laser, custom laser vision correction
- KeraSoft IC soft contact lenses for keratoconus
- Optos Optomap retinal imaging
- Paragon CRT corneal reshaping
- UltraHealth hybrid contact lenses by SynergEyes
- Visian ICL implants, an alternative to LASIK
- Wave Contact Lens System custom lenses mirror your cornea
- WaveLight Excimer Laser System
Eye Care Providers: What are Ophthalmologists, Optometrists
An ophthalmologist is a medical doctor (MD) or osteopathic doctor (DO) who specializes in eye and vision care. Ophthalmologists perform eye exams, diagnose and treat disease, prescribe medication and perform eye surgery. They also write prescriptions for eyeglasses and contact lenses. An ophthalmologist must complete four years of medical school, one year of internship, and at least three years of residency (hospital-based training) in the diagnosis and medical and surgical treatment of eye disorders.
An optometrist (OD) is an eye doctor who performs comprehensive eye exams, prescribes eyeglasses and contact lenses for vision correction, and provides pre- and post-operative care for patients undergoing LASIK and other eye surgery performed by an ophthalmologist. Optometrists also are trained to diagnose and treat eye infections and other eye problems and diseases, including glaucoma. Some ODs also provide low vision services, vision therapy and other eye care services. An optometrist must complete a four-year doctorate program in optometry and many ODs complete a postgraduate residency with advanced study in a specific area of eye care.
An optician is not an eye doctor and therefore cannot perform eye exams; diagnose or treat eye and vision problems; or write prescriptions for eyeglasses, contact lenses or medications. Opticians fit and sell eyeglasses that are prescribed by an optometrist or ophthalmologist; they also fit and sell sunglasses and other non-prescription eyewear. There is no education standard for opticians, but some states have training and licensure requirements for opticians; and in some states, opticians can become certified to fit contact lenses prescribed by an eye doctor.
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[Page updated August 2016]