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What is an Optometrist?

Previously known as ophthalmic opticians, optometrists are trained professionals who examine eyes, test sight, give advice on visual problems, and prescribe and dispense spectacles or contact lenses. They also recommend other treatments or visual aids where appropriate. Optometrists are trained to recognize eye diseases, referring such cases as necessary.

Optometrists study at university for at least three years and participate in a full year of training and supervision, called the pre-registration year, before qualifying. Once qualified, they have the opportunity to develop their interests in specialist aspects of practice such as contact lenses, eye treatment, low vision, children's vision and sports vision.

All optometrists practicing in the UK must be registered with the General Optical Council, the profession's regulatory body, and are listed in the Opticians Register.

When choosing an optometrist, look out for the letters "FCOptom" or "MCOptom" after his or her name. It means that optometrist is a fellow or member of the College and adheres to high standards of clinical practice.

Importnat Note

Worldwide we are all referred to as “Opticians”. Be aware though that there are two categories; the Ophthalmic Opticians (Optometrists) and the Dispensing Opticians. The Optometrists are the people qualified to provide a full eye examination as it is defined by the World Council of Optometry.
In Cyprus many unqualified Dispensing Opticians claiming to be qualified Optometrists, perform eyetests missing important ocular pathology, so it is vital you choose your clinician thoroughly before having one.