There are various types of eye care professionals. An optician is one of those, but they are very different from an ophthalmologist (your eye doctor). However, an optician works closely with an eye doctor and their patients when it comes to their glasses and contact lens prescriptions. Find out what opticians do and how they are different from other eye care professionals!
If you have heard the terms “ophthalmologist”, “optician” and “optometrist” before, you might think they’re the same thing. However, these are 3 separate professions that require different training, experience and years of schooling. All of these professionals play a different role in helping your eyes stay healthy:
An optician has the least amount of schooling when it comes to eye care. However, they are very well trained in the eye services they provide patients. Opticians do not diagnose vision problems or eye diseases. However, they are trained to provide you the lenses and frames to fix those problems. Opticians are trained to fit glasses correctly to a person’s face so that they rest comfortably and look good. Faces come in all shapes and sizes. When a patient chooses a pair of glasses they like, an optician uses various methods to mold and shape frames to a person’s face. In some cases, this involves dipping frames in a heated material so that the frames can me warped and molded to fit a person’s ears and nose. This makes it so frames aren’t painful for a patient to wear. An optician will continually shape your glasses until the fit is perfect. With the right fit, you won’t even notice that you are wearing your glasses.
Opticians are also responsible for making a patient’s lenses to correct their vision. An ophthalmologist diagnoses a patient’s vision abnormality and then an optician makes frames that fit the prescription. If one eye is -3.5 and another eye is -5.0, then an optician will make lenses that fit that exact prescription. The optician will cut and shape those lenses to fit the patient’s chosen frames.
Once you have had your vision problems diagnosed by an optometrist or ophthalmologist, you will work with an optician to choose glasses and contact lenses. Your eye doctor will write you a prescription that allows you to meet with an optician to receive corrective lenses. With your prescription, our opticians will work with you to select eyeglasses from a wide selection of various frames, colors, brands and looks. Not every pair of glasses will look right on a patient’s face, nor will every frame be comfortable depending on a person’s facial features.
Patients generally receive a prescription for eyeglasses and for contact lenses and can choose from both of these categories when working with an optician. Our opticians fit various frames to your face to help you decide what types of frames you would like. There are frameless glasses, thick frames, ones that come in various shapes (rectangular, ovals, etc.) and that are different sizes. If you have a need for bifocals, an optician will find glasses that fit your prescription. There is a frame and lens that will fit every single patient. If there’s not one perfect for you in-office, frames and lenses can be custom-made by the optician.
If you have a vision problem, then you need help from an optician. You can’t simply be told by an ophthalmologist that you have nearsightedness and farsightedness. You need help to correct those vision problems, and you need an optician to see clearly once more. After you see Dr. McCleery, Dr. Rogers or Dr. Bistodeau, you will meet with our skilled opticians to get your vision clear. Our three opticians work hard with every patient to get a perfect prescription. So far, opticians in the United States have helped over 30 million people with contact lenses and 75% of Americans with glasses see clearer. If you have vision problems, come into our office and meet with one of our opticians for your lenses fitting. To learn more about what each member of our staff does, call Peeper’s Optical today at (303) 333-2800!