Need a sweet pair of glasses? Visit your local optician. Seeing blurry? Go see an optometrist. Your doctor tells you to check out an eye problem? Get referred to an ophthalmologist. Why do your eyes need three different experts? Read on!

An ophthalmologist is a straight up eye doctor. That’s right, these people all went to medical school, specializing in eye and vision care. Ophthalmologists diagnose and treat all eye diseases, perform eye surgeries and prescribe medication for vision correction.  Many ophthalmologists are also involved in scientific research on the causes and cures for eye diseases and vision disorders, while others sub-specialize in areas such as glaucoma, retina, cornea, pediatrics, neurology or plastic surgery. They have their own offices, just like other doctors, and you can get an appointment when your family doctor or optometrist refers you.

After completing an undergraduate degree followed by four years of optometry school, an optometrist has a doctor of optometry degree. This gives them the ability to screen for eye problems and check the overall health of your eyes. They are the one who perform your eye exams and vision tests, prescribe and dispense corrective lenses, detect eye abnormalities and prescribe medications for certain eye diseases. You’ll often find them in an office and or in the back of an eyewear shop.

Registered opticians are technicians who are trained to design, verify and fit lenses, frames, contacts and other devices used to correct eyesight. They’re the people who make your glasses and educate you on new technologies in the optical world. Opticians are licensed under a governing body in most provinces, and often own or work in stores that sell eyewear. Bring your prescription to an optician and they’ll help you find the perfect frames and lenses to best suit your vision needs.

At 312 Optical Studio, you’ll meet Andrew Laderman, resident optician. An expert on fashion and fit, he’s been in the business for more than a decade. He’s always on hand to help you choose the eyewear that will work best for you and educate you on lenses that will best suit your needs. You’ll also meet Dr. Melissa Puzzo, an extremely knowledgeable optometrist with a doctorate in optometry and a bachelor of science in vision science. We offer eye exams on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Call 416-929-5312 or email to book an appointment now!