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Thread poster: Mafalda d'Orey de Faria
Mafalda d'Orey de Faria  Identity Verified
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May 9, 2007

Dear Colleagues from Italy,

I am working in a document which at a certain point says:
'in Italy vision correction is perceived as complex and full of risk and opticians are still viewed as medical practitioners'

Do they mean that these 'medical practitioners' are viewed as 'doctors'?
Thanks for any help

Mafalda


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Gian
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Optitians May 9, 2007

If you want the translation, you should post the question through ProZ.
You ask the translation of "medical practitioners" and you attach the text to let the people undertand.

Ciao
Gian

If you want the meaning of practitioner:

practitioner
someone who practises an art or profession, especially medicine.
Dutch: beoefenaar (de)
French: praticien(ne) (m/f), professionnel(le) (m/f)
German: praktizierender (Arzt, etc.)
Italian: professionista
Spanish: profesional


[Modificato alle 2007-05-09 19:46]

[Modificato alle 2007-05-09 19:50]


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Giuseppina Gatta, MA (Hons)
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Well... May 9, 2007

I don't know where this opinion comes from but I never perceived opticians as medical practitioners.

In any case, they can check your sight and prescribe lens and even contact lens with no need for you to go to a doctor, at least mine did so. This is probably what they mean in your text.

Hope this helps

Giusi


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potra
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Ottici italiani May 9, 2007

Yes, since a prescription for glasses will affect patients vision.

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Giles Watson  Identity Verified
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Opthalmologists and opticians May 9, 2007

Hi Mafalda,

They mean that Italians expect to go to a medical doctor, not a technician, to sort out their vision correction problems.

Here in Italy, I go to a medical doctor with a specialisation in opthalmology to get a prescription for my glasses, which my optician makes up.

The situation is analogous to dentistry because my dentist is actually a medical doctor with a specialisation in dentistry (degrees in dentistry exist in Italy but the very powerful state register of doctors takes a poor view of them).

I have no complaints about my ophthalmologist, optician or dentist, all of whom are highly skilled professionals, but I'm probably paying more than I would need to in a more competitive economy for my glasses and dental treatment.

FWIW

Giles


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Luca Tutino  Identity Verified
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I also had to do with that text May 15, 2007

I just did the Italian . According to me they mean that opticians are not primarily medical practitioners, but fashion apparel experts. Unfortunately (for them) Italians do not want to believe it (yet) and consider anything that has to do with vision correction as a matter of medical relevance. I hope I am not too late...

Ciao,
Luca

[Edited at 2007-05-15 01:52]


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Mafalda d'Orey de Faria  Identity Verified
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Opticians May 15, 2007

Thank you everyone for your help.
Much apreciated.

Mafalda


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