Frequently Asked Questions
Ophthalmologists are medically trained doctors specialising in the diagnosis and management of eye disorders. All ophthalmologists have spent 6-7 years completing a medical degree, often studying further to obtain a Masters qualification. They have spent at least 2-3 years working as a general doctor in hospitals, before spending at least another 5 years in eye specialist training. They have been trained to perform various eye surgery in their specialist eye training. Some study even further to dedicate themselves to diseases in children, cornea or retina. To qualify as a fellow of the Royal Australian and NZ College of Ophthalmologists, you need to pass a fellowship examination and have had performed hundreds of successful operations.
Optometrists are eye care professionals who examine eyes and give advice on visual problems. They prescribe and fit glasses or contact lenses. If a problem is detected, optometrists will refer patients to an ophthalmologist for further diagnosis and treatment.
*Please refer to the RANZCO website for further elaboration.