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A 31-year-old member asked:

what're the differences between optometrists, ophthalmologists, and mds?

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Dr. Arnold Beresh
Podiatry 41 years experience
Several: Ophthalmologists attende medical school and receive an md or do degree and then do a residency in ophthalmology. Optometrist do 4 years at an optometry school and receive an od degree.
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry 28 years experience
An opthomologist: Is an md, that is an eye doctor. Most, perform eye surguries. An optometrist is not a medical doctor, does not perform surguries. In some states, dilating the eye can not be done by an optometrist. One often finds optometrists working in eye glass stores.

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A 29-year-old member asked:

What is the difference between optometrist and ophthalmologist?

10 doctor answers33 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jay Pepose
Ophthalmology 39 years experience
Medical School: Ophthalmologists (eyemds) are doctors of medicine or osteopathy who complete 4 years of college, 4 years of medical school, an internship, and a 3 year residency in ophthalmology. They can deliver complete medical and surgical eyecare. Optometrists are trained to diagnose and treat vision conditions, identify cataracts, glaucoma, and retinal disease, and to use some medications. They are not mds.
Dr. Thomas Patrianakos
Specializes in Ophthalmology
I agree
Nov 8, 2011
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
The public is woefully lacking in understanding the difference between an optometrist and an MD ophthalmologist. I always explain the difference as that between a lawyer and a legal assistant which somehow the average person understands.
Feb 2, 2012
A 26-year-old member asked:

Any recommendations for an optometrist in palo alto?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Not for optometrists: A person who might need glasses or contact lenses for nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness, astigmatism, or presbyopia (needs reading glasses), but otherwise has no eye symptoms, can see an optometrist (a non-medical doctor). Healthtap in 2011 has only medical doctors as experts, so has ophthalmologists (medical eye doctors who do eye surgery, treat eye diseases, prescribe medications, etc...).
Dr. Ilan Cohen
Dr. Ilan Cohen commented
Ophthalmology 25 years experience
Many optometrists can prescribe medication and medically manage eye diseases.
Mar 3, 2012
A 30-year-old member asked:

What subject do optometrists have to study?

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Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Optometrists: Visual acuity and recommending eyeglasses or lenses, basically vision exam.
A 37-year-old member asked:

Would I see an optometrist or an opthalmologist in my situation? Want to see if it's ok for me to get contacts?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Matheson Harris
Ophthalmology 16 years experience
Either: Both can help you with this. Optometrists tend to specialize more often in complex fitting of contact lenses, but some ophthalmologists also do this.
A 30-year-old member asked:

Why do not all optometrists specialize in convergence insufficiency?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Ari Weitzner
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Why should they?: Why can't optometrists and ophthalmologists choose their focus of practice? We are not a communist country, y'know.

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