eye chart w glasses on itWhen it comes to your eye care, there are several different professionals to help you: opticians, optometrists, and ophthalmologists. But which is which? Who does what? Why do you need all three? Here’s a quick guide to the 3 O’s of eye care.


Opticians are trained technicians who design, fit and dispense eyeglass lenses and frames, contact lenses, and other devices that correct vision. Opticians attend a 2 year opticianry program before taking their national boards to obtain licensure.


Optometrists are healthcare professionals who provide primary vision care. An optometrist earns a doctor of optometry (O.D.) degree by completing a 4 year graduate program – they are not medical doctors and