No, I dont mean Martin Shaw and Lewis Collins from the vintage television series, but the people you go to for your eye health issues.
Today is a rather unusual and unique date - 1111. Whatever that may mean to you, on this first day of the New Year may I take the opportunity to wish all my watchers a Happy New Year. In the days ahead I hope to have some interesting interviews with well known eye specialists. Some ophthalmologists I personally liaiase with in my work in London are Dr Gill Adams and Dr Claire Roberts. Dr Alastair Fielder is unfortunately now retired but I hope to contact him too for an interview. Meanwhile I am looking forward to doing my interview with Professor Gordon Dutton in a few days. For those who are unclear of the differences between the various professionals here is an attempt at some explanation.
Doctors specializing in eye and vision care: their training involves providing for the full range of eye care, from prescribing glasses and contact lenses to complex and delicate eye surgery. Many are also involved in research into the causes and cures for eye diseases and vision problems. As a medical doctor, an ophthalmologist is licensed to practice medicine and surgery. An ophthalmologist diagnoses and treats all eye diseases, performs eye surgery and prescribes and fits eyeglasses and contact lenses. Their training is lengthy and comprehensive. It involves four years of college, four years of medical school, one year of internship and three years of hospital-based training (residency) in the diagnosis and surgical treatment of eye disorders.
Optometrists have a Doctor of Optometry (OD) degree and are licensed to practice optometry, not medicine. Optometry involves examining the eye for the purpose of prescribing and dispensing corrective lenses, screening vision to detect eye abnormalities, and prescribing medications for eye diseases.
Opticians are trained to design and fit eyeglass lenses and frames, contact lenses, and other devices. They use prescriptions supplied by ophthalmologists or optometrists. They do not test vision or write prescriptions for visual corrections. Opticians do not diagnose or treat eye diseases.
PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CONTACT ME OR POST ANY SORT OF QUESTION YOU WOULD LIKE TO ASK GORDON DUTTON OR ANY OTHER PROFESSIONAL.