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Should i be tested for diabetics, and if so how? At my vision exam my optometrist (od) said i likely have diabetes and I should see an md. I saw an ophthalmologist (md) who said he can't provide an explanation for my vision problems. He said my symptoms

Should i be tested for diabetics, and if so how? At my vision exam my optometrist (od) said i likely have diabetes and I should see an md.  I saw an ophthalmologist (md) who said he can't provide an explanation for my vision problems.  He said my symptoms

Test blood sugars: Absolutely! see your fp for an a1c, bloodwork, and a plan for self-maintenance of checking blood sugars and taking medications to manage diabetes. If your eye doctor already sees changes typical from diabetes (retinopathy), it is completely appropriate to start an entire diabetic lifestyle of weight loss, exercise, and routine visits. Your vision can improve with blood sugar control. ...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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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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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

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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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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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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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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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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'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'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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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 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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