TOTAL CARE FOR YOUR EYES

Diagnosing and treating disorders of the eye.

WHAT IS AN OPHTHALMOLOGIST?

An ophthalmologist is a medical specialist who diagnoses and treats disorders of the eye and visual system.

Ophthalmologists are trained and registered to provide total care of eyes: from performing comprehensive eye examinations to prescribing corrective lenses, diagnosing diseases and disorders of the eye, and carrying out the medical and surgical procedures necessary for their treatment.

Ophthalmologists practice medicine and surgery — providing both primary care and highly specialised treatment. They are the only providers of laser and surgical correction of eye disorders.

IN AUSTRALIA TO TRAIN AS AN OPHTHALMOLOGIST, A PERSON MUST:

  • complete a Bachelor Medicine (4-6 years)
  • fulfil internship, residency, and registrar training (4-6 years)
  • achieve Fellowship of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (2 years).

All ophthalmologists practising in Australia must be registered
with the Medical Board through the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.

HOW IS AN OPHTHALMOLOGIST DIFFERENT TO AN OPTOMETRIST?

While an ophthalmologist is trained to provide both primary and secondary care of eyes, an optometrist is not. An optometrist is a primary health care provider — he or she is often the first point of professional contact for people experiencing problems with their eyes or who have difficulty seeing.

Optometrists have a unique role in providing accessible and vital eye care to the community. Apart from general practice, optometry is the only profession to have its consultations covered by Medicare without the need for a referral.

OPTOMETRISTS ARE EXPERTS IN:
THE OPTICS OF LENSES, EYE HEALTH AND VISUAL PERFORMANCE.

IN AUSTRALIA TO TRAIN AS AN OPTOMETRIST, A PERSON MUST:

  • complete a Bachelor of Optometry or a Bachelor of Visual Science and Master of Optometry (3.5-5 years) OR they can complete an undergraduate science degree as well as a Doctor of Optometry (7 years)

Practising optometrists must be registered by the
Optometry Board of Australia.