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What is the difference between a comprehensive and a routine eye exam?

What is the difference between a comprehensive and a routine eye exam?

Overlap: There are many elements the same in these two categories. A routine exam might not include a dilated retinal examination and may not include scanning, visual field or other sophisticated testing. A routine exam is performed when the issues are obvious or a comprehensive exam has been done recently. You should allow more time with the ophthalmologist for a comprehensive exam. ...Read more

Dr. David Chandler
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Eye Exam (Definition)

An eye exam consists of checking the vision. If this is not normal a manifest refraction is done to determine if any glasses are needed. This is the test where the patient is asked which lens is better number one or two. Then the health of the eye is evaluated with a microscope called a slit lamp. To be able to see the back of the eye, the retina, ...Read more


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Is there a difference between a physical exam and wellness check?

Is there a difference between a physical exam and wellness check?

NO: These are one and the same. It is reserved for the yearly visit to check wellness or lack of it and not for your laundry list of things. You shold have individual appointments for illness and medical problems. The yearly wellness or physical is to promote wellness and good health and preventative issues. It is worth the while and proper and necessary. Keep the vist to wellness issues. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between a regular eye exam and a contact lens eye exam?

Is there a difference between a regular eye exam and a contact lens eye exam?

Eye exam: By contact lens exam, i would assume you mean a refractive check up. It will help determine whether you need contacts. However, a complete proper eye exam needs to be conducted by an ophthalmologist (an md) who can dilate your eyes and look at the actual lens and the back of the eye (retina). This should be an annual exam just like your annual physical. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a papanicolaou test and a pelvic exam?

What is the difference between a papanicolaou test and a pelvic exam?

Great question: The papanicolaou test is a specific test that requires the visualization of the cervix. Cells from the cervix are sampled and screened for cancer potential. While a pelvic exam may include the pap test, the exam itself does not require a pap test. A pelvic includes looking at the genitals inside the vagina and out, as well as feeling the internal organs including uterus and ovaries. ...Read more

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What is the difference between gyn annual exam and a postpartum exam?

What is the difference between gyn annual exam and a postpartum exam?

Different purposes: Your annual gyn exam is your yearly well woman exam. You will undergo a pelvic exam with or without a pap, a breast exam, and be offered std screening depending on your age/risk factors. Your postpartum exam occurs approximately 6 weeks after your baby is born. Its purpose is to make sure that your vagina has healed, your body has returned to normal, and to discuss future contraceptive plans. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a behavioral optometrist and an opthamologist?

What is the difference between a behavioral optometrist and an opthamologist?

Education: The ophthamologist is a physician who performs eye surgery and treats all eye diseases and can fit patients for glasses or contact lenses. An optomitrist has been to optometry school not medical school and can fit patients for glasses or contact lenses. They do not have an education to include how to diagnose and treat eye disease or do surgery. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a lazy eye and a regular eye?

What is the difference between a lazy eye and a regular eye?

Two forms of lazy: Amblyopia means the eye cannot see well despite the appropriate prescription being worn (usually 20/40 or worse). The eye can be well aligned but the brain does not use its information. It can be caused by something blocking vision (cataract) or the eye not being aligned. Strabismus means the eye is not aligned, and will lead to amblyopia if not treated. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a colonoscopy and a NBI Colonoscopy?

What is the difference between a colonoscopy and a NBI Colonoscopy?

NBI: Or narrow band imaging is a feature of some colonoscopes that allow a doctor to make out certain masses or other structures in the colon that they might ordinarily miss. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a doctor and a midwife?

What is the difference between a doctor and a midwife?

Overall training: A doctor has usually a college degree, 4 years of medical school and 4 or more years of residency and perhaps followship years of training in obstetrics. A midwife, depending on certification has some apprenticeship with another deliver (lay midwife) to more formal training. Could be a nursing degree plus midwifery school. A physician has much more formal training inmedicine.. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a pcp and a family physician?

What is the difference between a pcp and a family physician?

All family: Doctors are pcp's, but not all pcp's are family docs...Some are internists, ob-gyn's and sometimes i even do this undervalued work. ...Read more

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What is the difference between an mammogram and a ultrasound?

What is the difference between an mammogram and a ultrasound?

Mammo vs ultrasound: A mammogram is a low dose X-ray of the breasts. An ultrasound utilizes sound waves to generate images. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a colonoscopy and a proctoscopy?

What is the difference between a colonoscopy and a proctoscopy?

Colonoscopy: The colon is roughly 3-5 long depending on individual. A proctoscopy looks at the angus and rectum only (first 4-6 inches). A colonoscopy uses a fiber optic camera to try and look at the entire length of the colon. With a colonoscopy you most likely will have it done in a endoscopy suite under sedation while a proctoscopy can be done in the doctors office. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a family doctor and a pediatrician?

What is the difference between a family doctor and a pediatrician?

Family dr/ pediatric: A pediatrician treats & care for young people age 0to 18 or up to 21, a family doctor treats the entire family. I hope that answers your question. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between an orthopedist and a spine surgeon and what is the difference?

Is there a difference between an orthopedist and a spine surgeon and what is the difference?

Specialty trained: A spine surgeon has training in either neurosurgery or orthopedics. A neurosurgeon will have trained in brain and spine for about 7 years (70% spine). An orthopedic spine surgeon generally has had spine fellowship training in addition to training they received in residency. Both specialty backgrounds can be excellent. What really matters is their experience and outcomes. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a simple ECG and a more detailed one?

What is the difference between a simple ECG and a more detailed one?

EKG: An EKG is always simple where electrodes are placed on patient chest and to identify the rhythm and heart rate. Not sure what you mean by detailed EKG?? Did you mean signal average EKG?? ...Read more

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What is the difference between a colon MRI and a colonoscopy?

What is the difference between a colon MRI and a colonoscopy?

Scan vs. scope: An MRI of abdomen/pelvis is a scan utilized to visualize the content of the abdominal cavity including colon. It will depict the external features of the bowel and unless there is an extensive lesion distorting the bowel structure and content, the luminal (phenobarbital) structures are not visualized. This can only be appreciated with scoping of the lumen of the colon with a colonoscope ...Read more

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What is the difference between a geriatrician and a gerontologist?

What is the difference between a geriatrician and a gerontologist?

Study of vrs health : Agree with wikipedia|: gerontology (from the greek ?????, geron, "old man" and -?????, -logy, "study of"; coined by ilya ilyich mechnikov in 1903) is the study of the social, psychological and biological aspects of aging. It is distinguished from geriatrics, which is the branch of medicine that studies the diseases of the elderly. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a cataract and an opacity?

What is the difference between a cataract and an opacity?

Essential same: Cataract cause: Cataract occur from change in lens proteins which cause whitening/clouding/opacity of clear lens composition: can be due to an infection or inflammation from birth (ie, rubella), old age/genetics, steroid use, trauma, poor diet; smoking & Diabetes increases risk. More info: eyedoc2020@blogspot.com ...Read more

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What is the difference between an MRI and a xray?

What is the difference between an MRI and a xray?

Ionizing radiation: Magnetic resonance imaging involves magnetic fields and no ionizing radiation. Xray is a form of ionizing radiation. Too much ionizing radiation can be unhealthy with possible development of cancer when utiilized to excess with multiple CT exams. For some diagnoses mri can not be used. Ionizing radiation is then necessary for diagnosis. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a cardiologist and a vascular doctor?

What is the difference between a cardiologist and a vascular doctor?

Specialty : Cardiologists specialize in heart disease. There is a lot of overlap between heart disease and vascular (blood vessel) disease, and most cardiologist treat vascular disease as well. Vascular surgeons specialize in treating diseases of the blood vessels. ...Read more

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