If you are confused about difference between an Optometrist and an Ophthalmologist, you are not alone. Although there are many misconceptions between the two, they both deal with eye care and work together to take care of your vision.
Optometrists are eye care professionals that completed a 4-year full time degree and provide primary vision care. They perform vision testing and diagnose, treat and manage vision changes by prescribing glasses and contact lenses or detecting eye abnormalities. They can also provide low-vision aids and vision therapy.
Ophthalmologists are responsible for your medical and surgical eye care. They went to medical school and then completed a 4-year specialist degree in ophthalmology.
It is advised to have your eyes screened by an eyecare professional once in your twenties, twice in your thirties, every two years after 40 and yearly after 60. If your optometrist diagnoses a medical or surgical abnormality, they will refer you to an ophthalmologist for treatment if needed.