1. What is the difference between an OPHTHALMOLOGIST, an OPTOMETRIST, and an OPTICIAN?

An OphthalmologistAn OPHTHALMOLOGIST is a medical and surgical doctor who specializes in the eyes. He or she went to medical school, and then did at least four more years of internship and Residency before being able to go into practice. An Ophthalmologist can treat all diseases of the eye, perform surgery, prescribe medication, and is trained to perform a more complete eye examination. They can also write prescriptions for eye- glasses and can fit contact lenses.

An OPTOMETRIST is not a medical doctor. An optometrist went to optometry school, not medical school, and then can go into practice. An optometrist cannot treat medical eye diseases or perform surgery. He or she examines the eyes for vision problems, prescribes glasses, and fits contacts lenses. He or she can screen you for medical problems, and then refer you to an ophthalmologist. When working with an Ophthalmologist, an Optometrist may also participate in your pre- and post- op care following eye surgery.

An OPTICIAN is not a doctor. Opticians sell and fit eyeglasses, sunglasses, and specialty eyewear that are made to an ophthalmologist’s or optometrist’s prescription.

2. What are the Best Ways to Care For My Eyes?

Your eyes change over time, so it’s always a good idea to talk to your doctor about how to best care for them. Most eye doctors will tell you to eat a well-balanced diet that is shown to supports healthy vision. This diet includes deep-ocean fish, leafy greens, and citrus fruits.

Daily exercise is also important because it nourishes the eyes with proper blood flow. Also, wearing sunglasses and wide-brimmed hats when outdoors protects the eyes from sun damage.

3- Am I at Risk for Developing Eye Disease?

Some people are more at risk for developing eye disease, and it’s important to know if you are one of them. An Ophthalmologist, like Dr. Bunin, is able to determine risk based on your family history and diet, lifestyle, and environment. For example, if you smoke and are overweight, you have a higher risk of developing eye disease.

4- How Often Should I Schedule My Eye Exams?

As long as you don’t have any underlying problems, most doctors recommend visiting the eye doctor every two years. Once you are around 60 years old, the frequency should go up to each year. However, if you have risk factors for developing eye disease, or if you wear contacts or glasses, you will have to see your eye physician more regularly.


You can trust Dr. Lisa Bunin to take the best care of your eyes. Make use of your appointments, ask the right questions, and plan your appointments regularly. At the end of the day, your eyes will thank you!