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What's the difference between the optometrists, ophthalmologists, and opticians?
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Dr. Jeffrey Paul
Ophthalmology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Jeffrey Paul
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