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A 37-year-old member asked:

What is the difference between an opthalmologist and optometrist?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Sheila Calderon
Internal Medicine 42 years experience
Education: The ophthalmologist has been to medical school and then had an internship and residency. This physician can do eye surgery diagnose and treat eye diseases, help prevent blindness, do corneal transplants, fit patients for contacts or glasses. An optometrist went to optometry school and then is able to measure eyesight for glasses or contacts.

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A 43-year-old member asked:

Please advise what is the difference between an optometrist and an opthalmologist?

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Dr. Tim Conrad
Ophthalmology 35 years experience
Many: But the main difference is level of expertise. Ophthalmologists are medical doctors with extensive training in eye disease and eye surgery. The training is at least 8 years. Optometrists complete a four year program that focuses on prescribing glasses and contact lenses.
A 48-year-old member asked:

Whats the difference between an optometrist and an opthalmologist and an optician?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Matheson Harris
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
Eye MDs : Ophthalmologists are medical doctors and surgeons, trained to diagnose and treat diseases of the eye with medicine or surgery. Optometrists are trained to diagnose and treat some eye disease, but mainly treat refractive errors with contacts and eye glasses and refer other treatments to ophthalmologists. Opticians specialize in eyeglass and contact lens dispensing. All have their place.
Last updated Nov 9, 2012
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