I have always had somewhat poor eyesight. I still remembering being in grade school and squinting at the chalkboard trying to make out the words. I still remember getting my first pair of glasses in grade four and suddenly being able to see so clearly. My eyes continued to get worse all through my childhood and into my twenties. Now they’ve seemed to finally slow down and stay somewhat consistent – a big relief to me as my contact lens prescription is already pretty high.
Working as a writer and photographer requires me to take good care of my eye health. With a career that focuses on décor and design, my eyesight is super important to me – otherwise how would I experience life the way I do – or even make a living? In almost every part of my day to day I rely on my eyesight to create, write and share with my readers and followers.
By partnering with the Canadian Ophthalmology Society to share their See The Possibilities campaign, I’ve learned a bit more about the role of an ophthalmologist and the impact they have on their patients. Most people don’t know the difference between an ophthalmologist, an optometrist and an optician. Here is what you need to know:
Ophthalmologists specialize in eye and vision care and are the only eye care professionals who are medical doctors. They are trained to perform eye exams, diagnose and treat eye diseases, prescribe medications and perform surgery. They also write prescriptions for eyeglasses and contact lenses. While other eye health professionals can correct vision, only an ophthalmologist can restore it. Ophthalmologists are essentially the medical “quarterbacks” of the eye health team. They work collaboratively with the other eye O’s (opticians and optometrists) and other medical specialists to ensure optimal patient treatment and care.
Optometrists examine eyes for both vision and health problems and correct refractive errors by prescribing eyeglasses and contact lenses. An optometrist receives a doctor of optometry (OD), but is not a medical doctor.
Opticians use prescriptions written by an optometrist or an ophthalmologist to fit and sell eyeglasses and other eyewear.
Now that you know the difference between these three professions, you can see how important it is to have all three to care and maintain your eye health. As part of the See The Possibilities campaign, there are a number of amazing patient stories that share the transformative effect ophthalmologists have on the lives of their patients as well as the lives of their loved ones and family members. It’s so inspiring to see and also such a great reminder to remember how important it is to maintain your vision health.
To learn more and watch inspiring patient videos visit seethepossibilities.ca
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