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when should i go to an opthalmologist versus optometrist?

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Dr. Ilan Cohen
24 years experience Ophthalmology
Depends: For regular eye exams, you can visit either so long as you get a comprehensive, dilated eye exam. If you suspect you have a condition which requires surgical intervention, see and ophthalmologist.
Answered on Dec 6, 2012
Dr. Richard Bensinger
51 years experience Ophthalmology
Ophthalmologist: Always better to get your initial exam with an ophthalmologist who has far superior training in eye disease as well as surgery. Optometrists, irregardless of what they claim, are good at fitting contacts and glasses but are very limited in anything else. Bonus: it is almost always less expensive to see an ophthalmologist yet better.
Answered on Dec 6, 2012
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Dr. Ilan Cohen
Dr. Ilan Cohen commented
24 years experience Ophthalmology
What is your claim that it is cheaper to see and ophthalmologist based on?
Dec 6, 2012
Dr. Ron Lord
Dr. Ron Lord answered
14 years experience Retinal Surgery
MD vs OD: if you are interested in a basic exam and a prescription for glasses or contact lenses I would seek out an OD. If you are having symptoms outside of a simple refractive error.......ie something other than blurry vision... seek out an MD. However most ODs can determine the need for you to see an MD
Answered on Jan 15, 2016
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