A very well known specialisation abroad and as yet unknown in Greece.

Optometry is a healthcare profession concerned with the eyes and related structures, as well as vision, visual systems, and vision information processing in humans. Optometrists are trained to prescribe and fit lenses to improve vision, and in some countries are trained to diagnose and treat various eye diseases.

The optometry profession is defined by the World Council of Optometry (WCO) as follows:
“Optometry is a healthcare profession that is autonomous, educated, and regulated (licensed/registered), and optometrists are the primary healthcare practitioners of the eye and visual system who provide comprehensive eye and vision care, which includes refraction and dispensing, detection/diagnosis and management of disease in the eye, and the rehabilitation of conditions of the visual system.”

Optometrists can diagnose, restore or correct the dysfunctions of vision with glasses, lenses, filters, visual aids or programs of visual training / vision therapy.

What’s the difference between an optometrist and ophthalmologist?

Both ratings are complementary and cooperating with common areas of research. Ophthalmologists have studied medicine and are specialized in the diagnosis and treatment of ocular diseases. Optometrists have studied at university the science of optics and optometry and they are able to restore functional visual problems.As is obvious many vision problems require both health care professionals in order to be addressed in the best possible way.

What does the optometrist test?

The eye health is a serious issue and having a strong sense of responsibility to those who trust us to meet their needs we seek to provide a comprehensive eye and vision care.

This means that in addition to the known test chart with the letters each examination includes examination of the anterior and posterior segment of the eye along with diagnostic tools such as using slit lamp, the direct or indirect ophthalmoscopy and control of binocular vision that study the mobility and balance of the eyes.

How often should I have my eyes checked?

The frequency of eye examinations  depends on factors such as age, general health and family history. The national health system of Great Britain makes the following recommendations:

  • Every six months for people up to 16 years with a refractive error
  • Every 1 year for persons up to 18 years
  • Every 2 years for people 19 to 60 years
  • Every 1 year for people over 60 years
  • Every 1 year for people over 40 with family history of glaucoma
  • Every 1 year for people with diabetes

This is nothing but general rules for the frequency of review of the eye health and in no way replace the advice of the expert who is watching you. Also if you find any change in your vision you need to visit someone professional regardless of when you checked your vision for the last time.