A 28-year-old male asked:
Disclaimer

what is the definition or description of: optometrist?

2 doctor answers
Dr. Ilan Cohen
25 years experience Ophthalmology
Eye health care: Optometrists or doctors of optometry are primary eye care providers along with ophthalmologists. They can prescribe glasses and contacts and diagnose and treat various medical eye conditions. They cannot perform surgery on the eye, only ophthalmologists can do that.
Answered on Feb 4, 2017
2
2 thanks
Dr. Richard Bensinger
52 years experience Ophthalmology
Eye non-physician: Optometrists are graduates of a four year program in eye disease and the business of running an office. They are not trained to do sophisticated diagnosis and cannot do surgery. They can do a fine job with glasses and contact lenses. They need to be distinguished from ophthalmologists who are fully trained medical doctors and can deal with glasses but also do medical treatment and surgery.
Answered on Jan 11, 2013

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits
$15 per month

Related questions:

A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
52 years experience Ophthalmology
Correct vision: Optometrists are trained to fit glasses and contacts. They have some training in eye disease but cannot do surgery. They are not MD doctors like oph ... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
33 years experience Pediatrics
Try insurer website: Years ago, listings were available only in printed form. By the turn of the century, lists had become available online everywhere. Now, some lists are ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
32 years experience Psychiatry
Optometrists: Visual acuity and recommending eyeglasses or lenses, basically vision exam.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
52 years experience Ophthalmology
Eye chart: Vision care specialists check the vision in the uncorrected eye and the corrected eye by having you read an eye chart with each eye individually. Oph ... Read More

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits
$15 per month