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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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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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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?

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 more

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I suffer from lazy eye, where should I go, to an opthamologist or to an optometrist?

I suffer from lazy eye, where should I go, to an opthamologist or to an optometrist?

Ophthalmologist: Only an ophthalmologist is fully trained to diagnose and treat all eye diseases Optometrist s do well in giving glasses and fitting contacts but cannot do surgery and have many years less training in medicine and eye disease ...Read more

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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?

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?

Best see an MD: Some optometrist actually can make this determination but your best bet is to see an ophthalmologist who is fully trained in all aspects of eye diagnosis and treatment. ...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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What are different type of eye doctors. Ophthalmologist, optometrist, optician?

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 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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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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For many months straight lines look wavy with my left eye.Have myopia and astigmatism. Causes? Which should I see a optometrist or ophthalmologist?

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 more

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Strabismus (Definition)

Strabismus is a medical condition due to weakness or paralysis of one or more muscles that control eye movement. As a result, the eyes are not aligned with each other and ...Read more


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Lazy Eye (Definition)

A "lazy eye" is a generic term that is often used to describe when one eye (1) does not see as well as another eye or (2) does not align properly ...Read more