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About Eye Doctors

Eye Care Specialists: Optometrist, Ophthalmologists, and Opticians 

The eye doctor most people are familiar with is the optician. You will essentially by pass the optician when you purchase your eyewear at Eyeglasses.com. Opticians are employed at a national optics retail chain stores, hospitals, eye care centers, retail stores, or may have his /her own small, private eye clinic business. Similar to a pharmacist, an optician fills a prescription written by an optometrist or ophthalmologist based on an eye exam.  The optician then provides custom corrective lenses that fit into the eyeglasses frame selected by the customer. In the United States this type of eye doctor may be certified by the American Board of Opticianry, although some states such as Oregon due not require licensing to make or dispense eyewear. Opticians use a variety of equipment to aid them in the fitting, adjusting, and dispensing of eyewear, contact lenses, low vision aids or ophthalmic prosthetics for partially sighted persons. 

Purchasing prescription eyewear at Eyeglasses.com may require you to visit an optometrist, an eye and vision health care professional who is also referred to as an eye doctor.  They provide eye examinations, diagnoses, management and non-surgical treatment for not only eye diseases such as cataracts, glaucoma, retinal disorders, lid disorders, prescribing medication to treat eye diseases or infections such as conjunctivitis, but also vision disorders and vision correction. They will also write an eyeglass prescription, if the patient needs one. Make sure they include the Pupillary Distance of your eyes since you will need it for purchasing eyewear at Eyeglasses.com. An optometrist evaluates and treats vision conditions such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism and presbyopia. Some optometrists perform laser, refractive or glaucoma surgeries as well as providing pre- and post-operative care. 

Ophthalmologists, on the other hand, are eye surgeons who are either a Doctor of Medicine (MD) or a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO). They can perform all the same tests as an optometrist and in addition, they are a fully qualified medical doctor and surgeon. Their practice is in the specialized field of medicine that specifically concerns health problems of visual pathways that need surgical intervention. Typical operations performed by ophthalmologists deal mainly with the eye, and eyelids. Depending on the ophthalmologist’s specialty, it may also extend to include the brain and areas surrounding the eye such as the lacrimal system, which includes the orbital structures for tear production and drainage. 

For the most part, you will be dealing with eye doctors such as an optometrist who will preform an eye exam, and if purchasing your eyeglasses at a brick and motor store, the optician where you will pick out your glasses frame and have the lenses made for your new eyewear. 

At Eyeglasses.com, you can bypass the optician and select and order your frames and lenses with us, or you can order only glasses frames, without lenses. We ship the frame to you, and you take it to your local optical store to have lenses installed. Follow the instructions on our page “How to Buy Glasses Online” to learn more. With our free shipping on purchases over $55.00, a 30 days for a full refund for frames and a "Perfect Lenses" guarantee that states if your lenses are not made perfectly to the prescription you give us, we will remake the lens at no cost to you, what do you have to lose except missing the opportunity to buy a pair of glasses at prices far below what you would need to spend at a brick and mortar eyeglass store.