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should i see an ophthalmologist or an optometrist for eye pain?

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Dr. Fred Orlando
35 years experience Ophthalmology
Either, but...: An ophthalmologist is an md and almost always sees more patients with painful eye conditions. A competent optometrist may be able to diagnose and treat you, but there is some likelihood you could be referred to an ophthalmologist anyway.
Answered on Jan 13, 2019
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Dr. Matthew Goren
31 years experience Ophthalmology
Here's the dif: An ophthalmologist is a medical doctor (md) who graduated from medical school and did at least 4 additional years of training after that and treats medical and surgical diseases of the eye. An optometrist is not a medical doctor although in some states their license allows them to do a lot of medical treatment.
Answered on Aug 9, 2013

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