When most people refer to their eye doctor, they don’t make the distinction between an optometrist or ophthalmologist.
At Advanced Eyecare, our optometrists and ophthalmologists both perform routine eye exams and both types of eye doctors are trained to detect, diagnose and manage eye diseases that require medical and non-medical treatment. If your eyes are healthy and don't require specialized medical or surgical treatment, the type of eye doctor you choose for a routine eye exam is a matter of personal preference.
However, If you already have a medical eye problem — such as glaucoma, macular degeneration or cataracts — or are newly diagnosed with one, it is important to seek care from one of our ophthalmologists who is highly trained and skilled in monitoring and treating your condition. In some cases, this may mean that medical or surgical eye care by a specially trained ophthalmologist is in order.
Some of the information contained here was adapted from EyeSmart – The American Academy of Ophthalmology