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What doctors and specialists can provide eye care for people with diabetes?

The following are the different types of eye care providers:

  • An optician makes glasses and lenses. An optician also makes and fits contact lenses.
  • An optometrist is not a medical doctor, but can find and treat certain eye conditions and diseases. An optometrist also prescribes glasses and contact lenses.
  • An ophthalmologist is a medical doctor who finds and treats all eye diseases. Ophthalmologists can also prescribe glasses and contact lenses. An ophthalmologist can treat severe eye problems.
  • A retinal specialist is an ophthalmologist who only treats problems with the retina.

People with diabetes need to have a full eye exam every year by an ophthalmologist or optometrist who knows about diabetes eye problems.

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