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What is difference between optometry and ophthalmology?

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Dr. Eric Lullove answered

Specializes in Podiatry

Optometry is the practice or profession of examining the eyes for visual defects and prescribing corrective lenses. Ophthalmology is the branch of medicine concerned with the study and treatment of disorders and diseases of the eye. The schooling is different, optometrists degree is o.D. (doctor of optometry) while an ophthalmologist is an m.D or D.O. And completed a residency program.

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Dr. Arnold Beresh answered

Specializes in Podiatry

An opthamologist is an md who then does a residency in treatment and surgery of the eye. An optometrist is a doctor who did 4 years of optometry shool and does not usually do surgery.

Answered Mar 30, 2013

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Dr. Dean Bonsall answered

Specializes in Pediatric Ophthalmology

An ophthalmologist — eye M.D. — is a medical or osteopathic doctor who specializes in eye and vision care. Ophthalmologists differ from optometrists in their levels of training and in what they can diagnose and treat. As a medical doctor who has completed college and at least eight years of additional medical training, an ophthalmologist is licensed to practice medicine and surgery.

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