Most people use the term optician when speaking of the person who does their sight test. Actually it is an optometrist who examines your eyes and writes your spectacle or contact lens prescription. The dispensing optician is the person who assists you with your spectacles and makes the prescription in your spectacles. Sometimes a contact lens optician may be the one who fits and checks your contact lenses.
Why I can offer a superior service over other eye care providers on the high street in the Newbury area?
I am from the USA - from Georgia, to be exact, hence the Southern twang, but most recently I lived in Florida.
Optometrists in America treat many eye conditions and prescribe medications - mostly what only hospital eye consultants and specialist optometrists can do here in the UK. Thus a doctorate degree is required - that's right - 2 degrees and 8 years of university.
Thanks for pointing out that optometrists would be the ones who will treat eye conditions and prescribe medications to the patient. I guess I need to see a professional like that this weekend to get to the root cause of my eye pain. There are times that I wake up with the pain together with a headache on the right back side of my head, so I want to get it checked and treated as soon as possible.
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Dr Valarie Jerome
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