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how does optometry differ from ophthalmology?

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Dr. Arnold Beresh
40 years experience Podiatry
See below: An ophthalmologist is an md who does his residency in eye disease and surgery. An optometrist is not an md but an od who does 4 years of optometry school.
Answered on Apr 1, 2013
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Dr. Charles Titone
36 years experience Ophthalmology
Optomitrists are not trained to do eye surgery. In some states they are allowed to do minor proceedures and some laser surgery. Most Ophthalmologists do not approve of this due to lack of proper training and experience as surgery is much more than just pushing a button.
Apr 1, 2013
Dr. Deepak Raja
17 years experience Ophthalmology
Brief answer...: Ophthalmologists have gone to medical school and have a good basis in general medicine, anatomy and physiology. They then do residency where they learn how to diagnose and treat eye problems medically and surgically, all under supervision. Optometrists go to optometry school where they learn about the eyes and also delve into optics, refractions, contact lenses as well as some pathology.
Answered on May 1, 2020
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Dr. Amin Ashrafzadeh
23 years experience Ophthalmology
Huge: From a training stand point, optometrist do only 4 years of optometry school after undergrad. Focus mainly on glasses & contacts. Ophthalmologist do 4 years medical school, and at least 4 years of post graduate training (so a total of 8) after undergrad. Focus mainly on diseases & surgery. That is not where it stops, but where it begins... There is a reason why it is called "practice" of medicine.
Answered on Nov 9, 2015
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Dr. Geoffrey Kwitko
36 years experience Ophthalmology
Md's: Ophthalmologists are m.d. Who do additional training ( residency ) specializing in eyes. They can do surgery. Optometrists are not medical doctors (md) and do not go to medical school. They cannot do surgery
Answered on Apr 30, 2017

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