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A 31-year-old member asked:

How do ophthalmology and optometry differ?

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Dr. Alan Jackson
Addiction Medicine 32 years experience
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.
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Dr. Henry Fung
Cosmetic Dentistry 41 years experience
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.
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Dr. Douglas Liva
Ophthalmology 42 years experience
Ophthalmologists attend 4 years of medical school followed by internship for 1 year and then 3 years in an ophthalmology residency . If subspecialty training is desired an additional 1-2 years are spent doing a fellowship. Optometrists attend 4 years of optometry school and are not medical doctors but are doctors of optometry. Both are considered eye doctors but only MDs can perform surgery.
Jul 5, 2014
Dr. Abdul Khan
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
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.
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Dr. Christine Lee
LASIK Surgery 34 years experience
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.
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A 32-year-old member asked:

How does optometry differ from ophthalmology?

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Dr. Arnold Beresh
Podiatry 43 years experience
See below: An ophthalmologist is an md who does his residency in eye disease and surgery. An optometrist is not an md but an od who does 4 years of optometry school.
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Dr. Charles Titone
Ophthalmology 39 years experience
Optomitrists are not trained to do eye surgery. In some states they are allowed to do minor proceedures and some laser surgery. Most Ophthalmologists do not approve of this due to lack of proper training and experience as surgery is much more than just pushing a button.
Apr 1, 2013

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