Ophthalmology is More Than Meets the Eye

graur codrinOphthalmology is a big word that is tough to spell.

We don’t use this long word to describe this medical profession just because it sounds more important. In truth, it simply means something different.  So what is ophthalmology?

Let’s take a look at the different levels of eye care specialists.

Opticians receive varied and comprehensive training to design and fit glasses, frames and contact lenses. They do not test vision or write prescriptions, and they cannot diagnose or treat eye diseases. You often find opticians working within an optometrist or ophthalmologist office.

Most people are familiar with Optometrists. These individuals receive a Doctor of Optometry (OD) degree and are licensed to practice Optometry, but they are considered medical professionals and not physicians. Many optometrists have advanced clinical training as well in their backgrounds. Optometrists can write prescriptions for corrective lenses and screen a patient’s vision each year to check for certain eye conditions. They can also diagnose and treat eye disease.

Meanwhile, ophthalmologists are both medical physicians and surgeons. In short, they are the most comprehensive of eye care specialists. Ophthalmologists can prescribe medicines and perform delicate eye surgeries. Many ophthalmologists also conduct scientific research into the causes and cures for eye diseases and vision problems.

Whether you visit an Optometrist or an Ophthalmologist each year for your vision correction is an individual decision. However, for most people, it’s best to see an Ophthalmologist. Those groups of people include:

  • those with a family history of eye problems
  • those with diabetes
  • those with personal history of eye injury

Of course, you don’t necessarily have to have any obvious eye problems to want to see an Ophthalmologist. So if you’re looking for the best in eye care across the Triangle, give us a call at Park Ophthalmology.


Park Ophthalmology welcomes patients from all areas of the Triangle and offer a wide variety of specialized services including surgery for diseases of the eye, vision examinations, eye safety information, sports medicine protective eyewear and counseling, contact lenses and evaluation, and all types of ocular diagnosis and treatment. Many types of surgery are available, including cataract and laser surgery. We are here for you and your eye and overall health. Give us a call today!

This article about the benefits of eye care is brought to you by the professional team at Park Ophthalmology located in the Triangle Region of North Carolina.

The information contained in this blog article is intended solely for informational purposes and is not intended to be offered as medical advice.

Photo Credit: Graur Codrin, courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net


Park Ophthalmology

5306 NC Highway 55, Suite 102 (adjacent to the RTP/ Research Triangle Park)

Durham, NC 27713

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6512 Six Forks Road, Suite 105

Raleigh, NC 27615

919 846 6915

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