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The Eye Care Team: Opticians, Optometrists, Ophthalmologists

Your eyes are complex and deserve the best care possible.  As an optometrist I have the privilege to be part of a team that ensures your eyes are healthy long-term. Have you been assessed by the whole team?  

Our role as your optometrist is to provide primary eye care. An annual exam is recommended to assess for a change in glasses prescription and to ensure the eyes are healthy. By assessing the eyes, optometrists observe the health of the rest of the body as well. 

After a new glasses prescription is obtained, an optician will assist in choosing lenses and frames to fit one’s individual needs. An optician is an expert in frames and lenses. Specific measurements are required for the glasses to fit comfortably and allow clear vision. These measurements must be taken by a licenced professional such as an optician to ensure the clearest result. 

Blurry vision however, is not always a result of an old glasses prescription. Diseases such as cataracts, glaucoma or macular degeneration can result in loss of vision regardless of glasses prescription. Many diseases are managed by your optometrist to ensure long term ocular health. However, if surgery or other forms of management is required, a referral will be made to an ophthalmologist for specific ocular care. This may involve cataract surgery or laser surgery. Ophthalmologists are medical doctors who specialize in the eye. 

Opticians, optometrists and ophthalmologists work together to ensure your eyes remain healthy and receive the care and treatment you need to see clearly. 

Dr. Rachel Ng, OD
Markham Optometrist

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