More than two million Muslims from across the the globe are converging in Makkah this week for hajj. Among these people from different regions of the world, one should be cautious about the health of one’s eyes.
The human eye contains enough complexity to warrant specialized attention and care beyond the duties of a general practitioner. Eye care professionals can have overlap in their patient care privileges.
Both an ophthalmologist and optometrist are professionals who diagnose eye disease and can prescribe lenses to correct vision. Yet, the ophthalmologist is licensed to perform surgery and perform complex procedures to correct disease.
According to their instructions, the Saudi Ophthalmology Society has warned pilgrims of eye infections they may suffer from and advised them to take certain precautions in order not to catch any while performing hajj.