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What type of doctor diagnoses vision loss and other eye problems?

Any vision change should be immediately evaluated by a medical doctor (MD). While some vision changes may be temporary such as those caused by medications, other vision changes could indicate a serious health problem that needs a medical diagnosis and treatment.

Physicians who evaluate the eyes and diagnose and treat eye diseases are called ophthalmologists. Your VA ophthalmologist can evaluate your eyes, treat signs of a disease, and prescribe lenses for your eyes, whether prescription contact lenses, glasses or sunglasses.

An optometrist is a doctor who checks the eyes and prescribes corrective eyewear -- glasses and contact lenses. An optician dispenses glasses following a doctor’s prescription, but the optician does not diagnose or treat diseases of the eye.

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