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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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
An optometrist told me I have a lazy eye and that no glasses would fix it much. I'm 20 years of age. Is there any way to fix its vision?
Turning off vision: The brain utilizes the input of both eyes to aid in depth perception/distance etc. As a child grows, their eyes may have different strength, or weakness in an eye muscle may allow one to line up wrong. The fuzzy or double vision confuses the brain. Over time the brain may turn off the input of one eye & keep the best. That process is called amblyopia. If caught early it can be fixed, if late, not. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can an optometrist determine if I have retinal tear/detachment? Doc said I had good vision and eyes look ok.Or do I have to go to an ophthalmologist?
OD, MD: An opthalmologist goes to medical school and gets an md, then spends 4 more years of training in medicine and surgery with 3 years of emphasis on eye treatment and eye surgery. Some ophthalmologists spend additional years in fellowship training. An optometrist goes to a 4 year optometry school and does non-surgical eye treatment, glasses and contact lenses. An optician makes and fits glasses. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
My child is seeing an optometrist. He has refractive amblyopia. Do I have to see an ophthalmologist for this?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
For many months straight lines look wavy with my left eye.Have myopia and astigmatism. Causes? Which should I see a optometrist or ophthalmologist?
Exam needed: I would suggest you see an ophthalmologist for dilated eye exam to confirm the retina (back portion of the eye) is normal. Symptoms you discuss suggest to rule out retina changes. If retina is normal, then you may need an update on glasses possibly your astigmatism has change. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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