Are health professionals trained to assess the eye and visual system, sensory and ocular motor disorders and dysfunctions of the eye and the visual system and diagnose refractive disorders. An Optometrist prescribes and dispenses corrective devices. In British Columbia, Optometrists are regulated by the College of Optometrists of British Columbia.
Are medical doctors who specialize in eye and vision care, diagnosis and the treatment of eye disease and provide eye exams, prescribe corrective lenses, prescribe and administer medication and perform surgery. In British Columbia, Ophthalmologists are regulated by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia.