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Ophthalmologists, Optometrists, and Opticians all play a significant role in providing eye care to patients. Learn the difference between each role in this informative video produced by the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO).


Ophthalmologist (Eye MD):

  • Medical doctor, specializing in the eye
  • Medically trained to diagnose and treat all eye disease, infections and injuries
  • Trained to perform eye surgery


  • Doctor of optometry
  • State licensed practitioner
  • Diagnoses refractive errors and corrects problems with glasses or contacts
  • Detect and manage some eye diseases


  • Adjusts and dispenses glasses, contact lenses and other optical devices
  • Based on prescriptions from ophthalmologists or optometrists
  • Does not test vision, write prescriptions, or treat or diagnose eye disease and injuries

UNC Eye features trained and licensed Ophthalmologists, Optometrists, and Opticians who are capable of diagnosing and treating most any eye disease at the Kittner Eye Center, located near the intersection of NC Highway 54 and Farrington Rd in Chapel Hill, NC.

Call 984-974-2020 to schedule an appointment today.