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Do optometrists have to report vision problems to md?

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Dr. Glenn Pomerance
Ophthalmology

In brief: No

Optometrists are licensed professionals and can independently diagnose, and in most states treat, medical diseases of the eye.
They are not required to report eye diseases to an md but ought to if a patient's condition exceeds their level of experience, is outside of their specialty or requires surgery! ophthalmologists are eyemds and have both a broader range of experience and far more training.

In brief: No

Optometrists are licensed professionals and can independently diagnose, and in most states treat, medical diseases of the eye.
They are not required to report eye diseases to an md but ought to if a patient's condition exceeds their level of experience, is outside of their specialty or requires surgery! ophthalmologists are eyemds and have both a broader range of experience and far more training.
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