Understanding the Difference Between Ophthalmologist & Optometrist

Ophthalmology and Optometry

Understanding the Difference

Understanding the difference between ophthalmology and optometry

Optometric and ophthalmologic services differ in crucial ways, and Dr. Affleck is qualified to perform procedures helping patients requiring either school of medicine.

An optometrist is able to perform eye exams, prescribe glasses and contacts, diagnose eye conditions and prescribe non-surgical treatments for those conditions.

An ophthalmologist like Dr. Affleck is a medical doctor, and as such is able to practice surgical treatments for eye conditions, as well as perform all of the services of an optometrist. Dr. Affleck’s comprehensive training with top specialists in the field allows him to meet each patient’s eye care needs. By focusing on both surgical and non-surgical patients, Dr. Affleck ensures that patients receive complete, streamlined care and helps prevent “lesser issues” that can arise when an incomplete approach to eye care is delivered by other ophthalmologists.