Eye Doctor Locator -
Optometrist or MD
LASIK and Cataract Surgeon Directories
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.
Find a Vision Source optometrist. Each office is independently owned by optometrists who provide comprehensive eye exams, vision correction and diagnosis and treatment of disease.
Other Eye Doctor and Specialty Locators
- Contact Lens Manufacturers Association GP contact lens specialists
- Ortho-K Network Doctors performing corneal reshaping
- 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:
- Acuvue contact lenses
- Coppertone Polarized Lenses
- CooperVision toric contact lenses for astigmatism
- iLASIK all-laser, custom laser vision correction
- KeraSoft IC soft contact lenses for keratoconus
- Lacrisert prescription inserts for dry eyes
- Optos Optomap provider
- Paragon CRT Corneal Reshaping
- Proclear Compatibles moist and comfortable contact lenses
- Visian ICL implantation procedure
- 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 March 2013]