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What're the differences between optometrists, ophthalmologists, and mds?

What're the differences between optometrists, ophthalmologists, and mds?

Several: Ophthalmologists attende medical school and receive an md or do degree and then do a residency in ophthalmology.
Optometrist do 4 years at an optometry school and receive an od degree. ...Read more

Optometrist (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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What's the difference amongst optometrist, ophthalmologist and optician.?

What's the difference amongst optometrist, ophthalmologist and optician.?

Training: Ophthalmologists are full md specialists of medicine and surgery of the eye who have graduated from medical school, internship, and residency. Optometrists do not go to medical school, or even pre-med. They go to optometry school where they learn about prescribing eye glasses as well as basic information about diseases of the eye. Opticians are certified through a course to fit eye wear. ...Read more

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What is the difference between optometrist, ophthalmologist and optician?

Training, scope: Opticians are qualified to fit and adjust glasses but have no medical qualifications. Optometrists are very good at dealing with the need for glasses and contacts; they have a little medical eye training. Ophthalmologists are the only trained physicians of these three having gone to medical school residency and usually training after that. They only can do surgery and handle complex eye problems. ...Read more

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What is the difference between optometrist and ophthalmologist?

Medical School: Ophthalmologists (eyemds) are doctors of medicine or osteopathy who complete 4 years of college, 4 years of medical school, an internship, and a 3 year residency in ophthalmology. They can deliver complete medical and surgical eyecare. Optometrists are trained to diagnose and treat vision conditions, identify cataracts, glaucoma, and retinal disease, and to use some medications. They are not mds. ...Read more

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What's the difference between the optometrists, ophthalmologists, and opticians?

What's the difference between the optometrists, ophthalmologists, and opticians?

Education: Ophthamologists are mds, who then specialize in eye diseases and surgery. Optometrists do not attend medical school, but in many states can treat eye diseases with drugs in addition to prescribing glasses and contact lenses. Opticians are not "doctors" but are licensed experts in filling other doctors prescriptions for contact lenses and glasses. ...Read more

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What is the difference between an optometrist and ophthalmologist?

What is the difference between an optometrist and ophthalmologist?

Medical doctor ophth: An ophthalmologist is a medical docotor and surgeon with the extensive medical and surgical training who unerstands the whole body issues and optics (glasses and contact lenses). An optometrist is train to do a general basic eye exam and optics. Most of the time optometrists refer more advance and complex cases to the ophthalmologist for the care. ...Read more

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What are the differences between an optometrist, an ophthalmologist and an optician?

See below: An ophthalmologist is an md (went to medical school) who can treat medical and surgical diseases of the eye, in addition to prescribing glasses/contacts. An optometrists is an od who can prescribe glasses/contact and treat some medical eye conditions (depending on state law), but not do surgery on the eye. An optician (lo) can not treat any eye diseases or prescribe. They can tailor eyeglasses. ...Read more

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What's the difference between an ophthalmologist and an optometrist?

What's the difference between an ophthalmologist and an optometrist?

MD vs OD: An opthamologist when to medical school then specialized in eyes. An optometrist went to optometry school. An opthamologist is usually an eye surgeon where optometrist specialize in making glasses. ...Read more

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What's the difference between an optometrist and an ophthalmologist?

See below: An opthamologist is an md who does study & surgery of the eyes. An optometrist does 4 years of optometry school in study of the eyes. ...Read more

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What is the difference between an optometrist and an ophthalmologist?

Medical school: Optometrists go to optometry school and some have "residencies" but the confusion probably comes from terms like dr and optometric physician. Ophthalmologists go to medical school, residency, and possibly fellowship and the main differences right now have to do with surgical training / experience by the time of graduation but there is a constant battle over scope of practice. ...Read more

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What are the differences between an optometrist and an ophthalmologist?

What are the differences between an optometrist and an ophthalmologist?

Surgery: Ophthalmologists can perform surgical procedures on the eye. Optometrists cannot perform any surgery in most states. Both can medically manage eye diseases and prescribe contacts/glasses. ...Read more

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The difference between an optician, an optometrist, and an ophthalmologist?

Education: Opticians are technicians who fix, assemble and fit glasses according to a prescription. Optoms go to a combination business, trade school and are skilled in eyeglass and contact lense fitting. They treat some simple eye disease. Ophthalmologists a fully trained doctors who then take 5-8 years of training in surgical and medical eye disease. They are the first line in sight diagnosis/treatment. ...Read more

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What's the difference between vision exams from ophthalmologist vs optician vs optometrist?

What's the difference between vision exams from ophthalmologist vs optician vs optometrist?

Training: Ophthalmologists are full md specialists of medicine and surgery of the eye who have graduated from medical school, internship, and residency. Optometrists do not go to medical school, or even pre-med. They go to optometry school where they learn about prescribing eye glasses as well as basic information about diseases of the eye. Opticians are trained to fit glasses. ...Read more

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What's the main difference between an ophthalmologist and an optometrist? I just know that an ophthalmologist is a md. If I was recently diagnosed with hyperthyroidism (with graves disease being the likely cause), which one am I suppose to see? My eyes

What's the main difference between an ophthalmologist and an optometrist? I just know that an ophthalmologist is a md. If I was recently diagnosed with hyperthyroidism (with graves disease being the likely cause), which one am I suppose to see? My eyes

In: In this case it makes sense to see an ophthalmologist who is an md and is trained in both the medical and surgical treatment of eye diseases. In your case, may may need to see a subspecialist known as an oculo-plastic specialist. ...Read more

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Why do ophthalmologists dislike optometrists?

Why do ophthalmologists dislike optometrists?

Do they?: Some optometrists want to be "primary eye doctors" and many ophthalmologists feel they are not qualified for this role. Also optometrists expand their legal role, not through demonstration of expertise, but through aggressive lobbying. Many think this is wrong. ...Read more

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What does an optometrist do versus an ophthalmologist?

What does an optometrist do versus an ophthalmologist?

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. ...Read more

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When should I see an ophthalmologist or an optometrist?

When should I see an ophthalmologist or an optometrist?

Baseline exam: Get a baseline exam soon to determine that your eyes are healthy, then every 2-3 years. If there is anything that comes up on the exam, the doctor will recommend a more appropriate interval for follow ups. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how do ophthalmologists relate to optometrists?

Can you tell me how do ophthalmologists relate to optometrists?

Entirely different: Ophthalmologists are full md specialists of medicine and surgery of the eye who have graduated from medical school, internship, and residency. Optometrists do not go to medical school, or even pre-med. They go to optometry school where they learn about prescribing eye glasses as well as basic information about diseases of the eye. Both are allowed by law to call themselves "eye doctors.". ...Read more

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Be an optometrist, though. Do ophthalmologists have to do surgery for their practition?

NO: Ophthalmologists are medical doctors who specialize in the diagnosis and medical/surgical treatment of eye diseases. Optometrists are trained to diagnose and treat certain eye conditions with medication. Some ophthalmologists choose not to perform surgery; they are termed "medical ophthalmologists". ...Read more

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I have usually see an ophthalmologist. Is there any reason to see an optometrist instead?

I have usually see an ophthalmologist. Is there any reason to see an optometrist instead?

Not really: Ophthalmologists are full md specialists of medicine and surgery of the eye who have graduated from medical school, internship, and residency. Optometrists do not go to medical school, or even pre-med. They go to optometry school where they learn about prescribing eye glasses as well as basic information about diseases of the eye. You can see either, but if you need surgery see ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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Glaucoma there is newRFNL loss but no VF damage. Ophthalmologist won't add drop now but recheck in 6 mos. Optometrist says add drop now. Who is right?

Glaucoma there is newRFNL loss but no VF damage. Ophthalmologist won't add drop now but recheck in 6 mos. Optometrist says add drop now. Who is right?

Glaucoma: Get a second opinion from a Glaucoma specialist. The Ophthalmologist must have s good reason for not placing you on therapy ...Read more

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I have multiple styes or chalazions I'm not sure which, should I see an ophthalmologist or optometrist?

Ophthalmologist: Would be best in case you need to have one biopsied or taken off - they can also prescribe the right meds to help your condition. ...Read more

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My child is seeing an optometrist. He has refractive amblyopia. Do I have to see an ophthalmologist for this?

My child is seeing an optometrist. He has refractive amblyopia. Do I have to see an ophthalmologist for this?

Yes, you should: See an ophthalmologist. You may want to take him to a pediatric ophthalmologist, although a general ophthalmologist who sees children regularly should also be able to provide the proper evaluation and care. ...Read more

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Should I see an ophthalmologist or an optometrist for eye pain?

Should I see an ophthalmologist or an optometrist for eye pain?

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. ...Read more

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Should I go to optometrist or ophthalmologist for dim vision and floaters (i have tons of them)?

Ophthalmologist: Ophthalmologists have full medical training and can provide you with a more definitive answer and possible treatment for your symptoms than can an optometrist. ...Read more

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I have a lazy eye. Should I go to an ophthalmologist or to an optometrist?

I have a lazy eye. Should I go to an ophthalmologist or to an optometrist?

Ophthalmologist: An ophthalmologist can better treat lazy eyes or crooked eyes. A person who may need glasses or contact lenses for nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, or presbyopia (need reading glasses), but otherwise has no eye symptoms, can see an optometrist (a non-medical doctor). Ophthalmologists are medical eye doctors who do eye surgeries, treat eye diseases, prescribe medications, etc... ...Read more

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3 ophthalmologists & 1 optometrist confirmed diagnosis of glaucoma. Want to pick 1 doctor. How do I decide which one to treat me going forward?

3 ophthalmologists & 1 optometrist confirmed diagnosis of glaucoma. Want to pick 1 doctor. How do I decide which one to treat me going forward?

Ophthalmologist: Choose a board-certified ophthalmologist. If your glaucoma is severe, you may want to find a glaucoma specialist. Stop seeking opinions, and find one close to home and who makes you feel comfortable. ...Read more

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Possible eye professional needed, so do I see the ophthalmologist or optometrist?

Possible eye professional needed, so do I see the ophthalmologist or optometrist?

Depends: It depends on what treatment is needed.
An optometrist does not perform surgery but does treat disease of the eye and does refraction for prescription eye glasses and contact lenses.
Opthamologist is an md that specializes in the eye and tends to eye disease and surgery. ...Read more

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