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What type of doctor should I see to address youth onset myopia?

There are three types of professionals who provide eye care: ophthalmologists, optometrists, and opticians. In the case of diagnosis, you may see an ophthalmologist or an optometrist. An ophthalmologist is a medical doctor who specializes in vision diagnosis and treatment. An optometrist conducts eye tests, diagnoses vision impairments and prescribes glasses/contacts. Either of these doctors can diagnosis youth onset myopia, although only an ophthalmologist can perform surgery. Opticians assemble and sell glasses, and sometimes contacts, according to a doctor's prescription.

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