Opticians & Optometrists
term "optician" is now synonymous with the commercial activity of supplying
"optometrist" pertains to those involved
with the health aspect of eye care.
Optometrists examine and test eyes for disease, general health problems and defects in eyesight.
In a clinical setting, they advise on corrective options, prescribe glasses and contact
lenses, issue healthcare advice, monitor eye conditions
and refer eye disorders that cannot be
managed in a primary care ( non hospital ) setting to
are not called doctors
as in the United States and Canada. In the UK it is proposed that
optometrists with a higher post graduate qualification in
Ocular Therapeutics treat some eye conditions without the wait of being referred for NHS hospital treatment. This
will help enormously.
Optometrists study at university for
three years ( four in Scotland ) and then undergo a pre-registration
year of supervised clinical practice prior to professional examinations.
Registration with the General Optical Council then allows