Patients who need to have a vision test or have glasses/contact lenses fitted to correct their vision, go to an Optometrist. An Optometrist is a health care professional who is licensed to provide primary eye care services.

Optometrists examine and diagnose vision defects such as near sightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism (blurred vision), and presbyopia (reduced ability to focus on close objects) among other possible problems.

During an optometric examination, vision abnormalities can be found. So, Optometrists can recommend treatments for patients including prescriptions for eyeglasses, contact lenses, low vision aids, medications or a referral to an Ophthalmologist for advanced medical, surgical or laser treatment.

The Optometrist can also perform minor surgeries such as removing a foreign object from the surface of the eye.

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