For some genius reason, at some stage in the dim and distant past, the great and good of our profession decided that we should no longer be called opticians.
Now, to put this in perspective, in eye care we have dispensing opticians, we used to have ophthalmic opticians, we have optometrists, orthoptists and ophthalmologists. The poor general public haven’t a notion who they are seeing – I have been called an optician, an ophthalmologist, an optimist, an optomeetryist and various other more insulting names too. I have to come clean and admit that I am indeed an optimist.
For most high street practices, even if they have the term optician above the door, it is an optometrist who you see in the consulting room. Interestingly, optician is not a protected term so anyone can call themselves an optician – I’m not sure why you would, but you could.
So, an optometrist is the person in the optician’s shop who is professionally qualified to examine your eye for disease, calculate your prescription and dispense your glasses. To book an appointment with me (an optometrist with a special interest in eye disease and medical contact lenses), call us on 02890323341 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We have great contacts with some fantastic local orthoptists and ophthalmologists too, if you need them too.
Senior Optimist, Petticrew Optometrists.