A lot of people struggle with this one, often going to one for a problem best suited for the other. Optometrists are primary health care providers, meaning they are the gateway to specialists such as Ophthalmologists.
Optometrists are your starting point, we check your vision and the health of your eyes, treating any refractive conditions (nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism), muscle misalignments, dry eye syndrome, allergies, inflammations, infections, picking up any changes that may signal sight threatening conditions such as Glaucoma, Diabetes, Cataracts and many more. If greater intervention is required, we refer you to an Ophthalmologist.
Ophthalmologists do surgeries such as cataract removals, Corneal transplants, Lasik, Diabetic Retinopathy treatments, Glaucoma treatments, etc.