Optician vs Optometrist

Optician: An optician is a skilled eyecare professional responsible for recommending and adjusting all possible eyewear options to the patient. They can therefore dispense eyeglasses, contact lenses, low vision aids or prosthetic ocular devices to enhance your vision and comfort.

Optometrist: Also an eyecare professional who provides primary vision care ranging from sight testing and correction, rehabilitation of the visual system, and the diagnosis and management of ocular pathologies.

your child's eyes

Why does your optometrist recommend a yearly eye exam for children? 1 in 4 school-age child has a vision problem. 80% of a child’s learning is obtained through vision. Vision problems can affect a child’s learning and development, thus preventing them from reaching their full potential. 61% of Canadian parents mistakenly think they would know if their child experienced a visual problem. In Quebec, children under the age of 18 are covered for a yearly eye exam. So do not hesitate to call for an appointment.

Cataract

A cataract is a clouding of the natural lens in the eye that is responsible for decreasing vision. Surgery to remove the cataract and replace it with an artificial lens is usually undertaken when the clouding interferes with a patient’s daily activities. Affecting most often an elderly population, cataracts can also occur in younger patients and the newborn. A complete eye exam by an optometrist will reveal the presence or absence of cataracts.

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