A 43-year-old member asked:
how are an optamoligest and an optometrist different?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Bruce Saran answered
32 years experience Ophthalmology
Years of training: Optometrist completes 4 years college and then 4 years optometry school-learning about the eye. Ophthalmologist is a medical doctor completes 4 years of college, 4 years of medical school (all diseases/ treatments of the body), then an internship in medicine and surgery, treating patients, 3 years of ophthalmology residency learning medical / surgical treatment of eye disease then subspecialty.
Answered on Nov 8, 2015
Dr. Richard Bensinger answered
51 years experience Ophthalmology
Big difference: Optometrist have 4 years of training in eye disease and general business management after college. They are excellent at fitting contacts and prescribing eyeglasses. Ophthalmologists are fully trained MD's (4 years) eye, internship (1 year) , residency (4 years) and some for 2 more years afterwards. They can do glasses, diagnose disease, treat disease and do surgery. A huge difference.
Answered on Mar 22, 2015
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