The Scottish Mail on Sunday


... between an optometris­t and ophthalmol­ogist?


Optometris­ts aren’t qualified doctors but can examine eyes, advise on visual problems and prescribe glasses or contact lenses. They are usually employed by high-street opticians but may also work in hospital eye department­s. Most will have passed College of Optometris­ts exams.

An ophthalmol­ogist is a fully trained doctor qualified to perform delicate eye surgery. The training is much more arduous – five years at a medical school, two as a newly qualified doctor doing basic medical training, and then seven years of specialist training, during which they must pass rigorous exams set by the Royal College of Ophthalmol­ogists.

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