A 49-year-old member asked:
should i see an ophthalmologist or an optometrist for eye pain?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Fred Orlando answered
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
Dr. Matthew Goren answered
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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