How to Choose an Eye Doctor
The type of professional you need depends on the health of your eyes. You may need a specialist if you have an eye condition or medical problem.
An ophthalmologist is a medical doctor with particular experience in surgical and medical procedures. An optometrist, though not a medical doctor, is qualified to diagnose, treat and care for common conditions of the eyes and vision. An optician works in conjunction with an ophthalmologist or optometrist to deliver comprehensive eye care services, like filling eyeglasses and content lens prescriptions.
Careful consideration of the eye surgeon’s experience, style of care and professional credentials should help you feel comfortable with the eye doctor you choose. To select an eye care specialist with the correct training to meet your vision need, ask for their credentials and experience, and whether they offer the kinds of services you want.
If you’re thinking about LASIK, PRK or other surgery, consult with a provider with experience in it. Complicated eye conditions may require a more experienced professional, too. Many people find a good eye doctor by referral from friends or family members.