Both have long, complicated names. Both are professionals. So which one should you go to?
The choice is yours, really. An ophthalmologist is a medical doctor who specializes in eyes, while a an optometrists is trained to perform eye examinations, prescribe vision correction devices, fit contact lenses, and dispense eyeglasses.
While many ophthalmologists concentrate on eye surgery and the treatment of eye diseases, other will specialize in using contact lenses to treat the problem.
Both groups are able to provide you with the contact lenses you need. Find one you’re comfortable with and be assured that you’re in good hands.
One word of caution: many sites on the internet now offer lenses online, but a number of local eye care professionals have reservations about buying lenses online. Cape Town optometrist Daniel Venter suggests direct contact with an eye care professional and regular check-ups.