Eye Care Practitioner Locators
Ophthalmologists & Opticians
Find an optometrist, ophthalmologist or optician who links to us. These practitioners recognize the value of providing access to comprehensive, trustworthy eye health education.
Locate a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry who has been evaluated against the highest standards of professional competence. Search by zip, area code or section membership.
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
- Contact Lens Society of America Find a contact lens specialist
- Developmental vision care and vision therapy Find a Board certified provider
Additional Eye Doctor Locators by Brand
Find an eye doctor or optical retailer who offers:
- Coppertone Polarized Lenses
- CooperVision contact lenses including Proclear
- iLASIK all-laser, custom laser vision correction
- KeraSoft IC soft contact lenses for keratoconus
- Lacrisert prescription inserts for dry eyes
- LipiFlow procedure for dry eye
- 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
Eye Doctor Definitions: What are Ophthalmologists, Opticians
An ophthalmologist (MD or DO) is a medical or osteopathic doctor who specializes in the eye. They perform eye exams, diagnose and treat disease, prescribe medication, and perform surgery. They may also write prescriptions for eyeglasses, and contact lenses. Ophthalmologists complete four years of medical school, one year of internship, and a minimum of three years of residency in ophthalmology.
An optometrist (OD) is an eye doctor who examines eyes for both vision and health problems, and corrects refractive error by prescribing eyeglasses and contact lenses. Optometrists diagnose and treat eye problems and diseases, and prescribe many ophthalmic medications and may participate in your pre- and postoperative care if you have eye surgery. Some optometrists provide low vision rehabilitation and vision therapy. An optometrist must complete four years of post-graduate optometry school, and some complete a residency with advanced study in a specific area of eye care.
An optician is not an eye doctor, but in some states they must complete training and be licensed. Most opticians sell and fit eyeglasses, sunglasses, and specialty eyewear that are made to an optometrist's or ophthalmologist's prescription. In some states opticians can become certified, after special training, to fit contact lenses.
Additional Eye Doctor Resources
What happens at the eye doctor? See the Consumer Guide to Eye Exams.
[Page updated January 2014]