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What is difference between optometry and ophthalmology?

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Dr. Eric Lullove
Podiatry 19 years experience
Is....: 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.
Dr. Arnold Beresh
Podiatry 41 years experience
Couple of things: 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.
Dr. Benjamin Rubin
Ophthalmology 39 years experience
Nor did they go to medical school. Ophthalmology has been for years a very difficult speciality to get into, after having been accepted and composing medical school. An optometrist goes to Optometry schoo college. May
Aug 19, 2012
Dr. Dean Bonsall
Pediatric Ophthalmology 27 years experience
MD vs OD: 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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What's the difference between optometry and ophthalmology and optician?

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Dr. Steven Hill
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Much: Optometry - specialty eye professional very well trained to prescribe corrective lenses and in some states prescribe some meds. Opthalmology - physician who has received additional training in eye disease, eye surgery. They are very well trained in treating medically and surgically. Optician - technician trained to make glasses.

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