- An ophthalmologist is a doctor who specialises in the medical and surgical care of the eyes and prevention of eye disease. They are highly trained, having completed specialist fellowships after their medical degrees.
- An ophthalmologist can treat eye diseases, prescribe medications, and perform surgery to improve, or prevent the worsening of, eye and vision-related conditions.
- Some ophthalmologists sub-specialise in retinal diseases and inherited retinal diseases.
- You will usually need a referral from a general practitioner or optometrist before you can visit an ophthalmologist.
- An optometrist is a health care professional who specialises in function and disorders of the eye, detection of eye disease, and some types of eye disease management.
- An optometrist is trained to examine the eyes for visual defects, diagnose problems or impairments, prescribe corrective glasses and contact lenses, and prescribe some medications for eye disease.