How do I know the difference between eye doctors and who is qualified to perform refractive surgery?

By Kristina Oneill on April 30, 2014

How do I know the difference between eye doctors and who is qualified to perform refractive surgery?


There are three titles for your eye care providers.  For patients, it can be confusing.  It is important to know the type of eye care provider you are seeing and what the qualifications are of that doctor.  On our TLC vision “Common LASIK terms” webpage we break down the three types of eye care providers for you.  Below is a basic definition of the type of eye care provider:



“A medical doctor specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases. This is considered both a surgical and medical profession.”



“A specialist who sells vision correction lenses and performs necessary adjustments.”



“A primary medical professional who is trained and licensed to diagnose and treat the eyes for visual defects, ocular disease and other impairments.  In addition to prescribing corrective lenses in the form of glasses and contacts, an optometrist can monitor and treat a variety of ocular diseases that are nonsurgical in nature. Optometrists are an important part of the TLC care team.”

TLC Vision 


Dr. Andrew Holzman MD, FACS is a board certified corneal surgeon.  He is an Ophthalmologist that is a leader in the field of laser eye surgery.  Dr. Holzman sees patients from his TLC Vision offices in McLean and Charlottesville, Virginia, and Rockville, Maryland. There is no substitute for experience when it comes to laser vision correction.  Dr. Holzman is Regional Medical Director of five TLC Laser Eye Centers in the Washington DC Metro area.  He is the doctor to go to for your laser vision correction procedure.  He specializes in performing LASIK, PRK and CK procedures.  Dr. Holzman and his practice is devoted completely to laser vision correction.  For more information on Dr. Holzman call us at any of our TLC locations or you can read more on his personal website


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