A 31-year-old member asked:
how do ophthalmology and optometry differ?
4 doctor answers
Dr. Alan Jackson answered
29 years experience Addiction Medicine
Te difference is: The mount of training, : ophthalmologist are medical doctors, having been to medical school and the residency to specialize- this is the main difference , in that ophthalmologist do surgery, however this is a big push by the optometric societies to start doing surgeries.
Answered on Jan 10, 2014
Dr. Henry Fung answered
38 years experience Cosmetic Dentistry
Allowed capabilities: Optometry is a very specialized field in medicine just as dentistry is. Because optometrists graduate from optometry school rather than medical school, they are not "medical doctors" and therefore cannot alter tissue, ie. Remove chalazions, perform lasik, cataract surgeries, etc. Some states have allowed optometrists to prescribe oral meds for treatment, but the range and types are limited.
Answered on Sep 16, 2015
Dr. Abdul Khan answered
23 years experience Ophthalmology
Optometry: The main difference between an optometrist and an ophthalmologist is that an optometrist is not a physician while an ophthalmologist is a qualified medical physician dos or mds. Optometry is a healthcare profession that deals with the eyes and its related structures, vision, visual system, and vision information processing in humans.
Answered on Jan 16, 2014
Dr. Christine Lee answered
31 years experience LASIK Surgery
MD's vs. OD's: Ophthalmologists are eye MD's, or physicians, trained to diagnose and treat eye diseases, and perform eye surgeries if necessary. Optometrists are OD's, where they attend an optometry school to prescribe glasses, contact lens, and also diagnose and treat eye diseases. OD's are not allowed to perform surgery.
Answered on Aug 21, 2016
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