10 doctors weighed in:

What is the difference between an optometrist and ophthalmologist?

10 doctors weighed in
Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner
Ophthalmology
4 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner
Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner
Thank
Dr. Alfred H. Rivera
Ophthalmology
4 doctors agree

In brief: Medical doctor

An ophthalmologist is a medical doctor first prior to specializing in the eye.
He has to be educated in the entire field of medicine prior to then being trained to diagnose and treat eye problems. In this fashion, an ophthalmologist, unlike an optometrist who is not a medical doctor, can identify systemic diseases when he examines a patient's eyes and deal with it or refer the patient properly.

In brief: Medical doctor

An ophthalmologist is a medical doctor first prior to specializing in the eye.
He has to be educated in the entire field of medicine prior to then being trained to diagnose and treat eye problems. In this fashion, an ophthalmologist, unlike an optometrist who is not a medical doctor, can identify systemic diseases when he examines a patient's eyes and deal with it or refer the patient properly.
Dr. Alfred H. Rivera
Dr. Alfred H. Rivera
Thank
Dr. Brandon Macy
Podiatry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: If it is just for

New glasses, you can see an optometrist.
For most any other eye problem see the ophthamologist. An ophthamologist is an M.D. And can perform surgical procedures, such as for cataracts and more.

In brief: If it is just for

New glasses, you can see an optometrist.
For most any other eye problem see the ophthamologist. An ophthamologist is an M.D. And can perform surgical procedures, such as for cataracts and more.
Dr. Brandon Macy
Dr. Brandon Macy
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Warren Strudwick
Board Certified, Sports Medicine
26 years in practice
490K people helped
Continue
108,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors