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Ophthalmologists and Optometrists

Ophthalmologists are specialist eye doctors who diagnose, treat and monitor eye conditions with medication and surgery. They usually work in hospital eye departments or clinics (often called ophthalmology departments). Ophthalmologists are able to assess your vision and decide if your vision is eligible to be certified. They will complete a Certificate of Visual Impairment and register you with Wakefield District Council, if you agree.

Optometrists (opticians) are able to detect eye conditions and refer you to an ophthalmologist for diagnosis and treatment if it is needed. Optometrists are able to discuss your eye condition, how to look after your eyes and direct you to further support services if needed. The Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB) recommends that you see an optician every 12 months to check on the health of your eyes.

The services of ophthalmologist can be accessed by a referral from either your doctor or optician (optometrist).

Last reviewed: 02/04/2015