Meet the Optometrist

An optometrist is a very specialised eye care professional whose role is to manage vision testing for patients and then recommend and fit your glasses or contact lenses, if you need them.

Patients who need to have a vision test or have glasses/contact lenses fitted to correct their vision, will see a specialist Optometrist.

An Optometrist is a health care professional who is licensed to provide optometric eye care services.

What is the optometrist looking for?

During the examination, the optometrist is looking for any problems and helping to identify them early so they can be monitored and/or treated correctly.

These concerns could include vision problems such as myopia (short sighted), hypermetropia (long sighted), astigmatism or presbyopia.

But there are also other possible abnormalities to check for, as well.

When it comes to treatments, the optometrist has a range of options to help with any problems:

  • Spectacles/glasses
  • Contact lenses Low vision aids.

If you do need further tests, examination, and/or specialist treatment, your optometrist will arrange for you to see an eye doctor (ophthalmologist) for more advanced forms of specialised treatment.

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