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What is really the difference between an optometrist and eye doctor trainig?

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Dr. Douglas Liva
Ophthalmology
9 doctors agree

In brief: Medical school

An ophthalmologist first graduates medical then performs an internship for 1 year followed by a 3 year residency in ophthalmology training in the medical and surgical treatment of eye disease.
Optometrists attend a 4 year program learning how to perform an eye exam and treat ocular conditions of the eye including refractive and medical disorders. Optometrists don't perform surgery.

In brief: Medical school

An ophthalmologist first graduates medical then performs an internship for 1 year followed by a 3 year residency in ophthalmology training in the medical and surgical treatment of eye disease.
Optometrists attend a 4 year program learning how to perform an eye exam and treat ocular conditions of the eye including refractive and medical disorders. Optometrists don't perform surgery.
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Dr. Jonathan Levin
Optometrists also fit contact lenses
Dr. Jonathan Levin
Optometrists also fit contact lenses
Dr. Norman Meyer
Ophthalmology
6 doctors agree

In brief: The training

Ophthalmologists, after medical school and internship, train in medical centers where very ill pateints come for care.
In training, ophthalmologists see the trauma, cancer, drug reactions, neurologic disorders, visual loss disorders, plus numerous other ills. The opometrist trains in an optometry program where the typical patient is a well person seeking an eye exam for glasses or contacts.

In brief: The training

Ophthalmologists, after medical school and internship, train in medical centers where very ill pateints come for care.
In training, ophthalmologists see the trauma, cancer, drug reactions, neurologic disorders, visual loss disorders, plus numerous other ills. The opometrist trains in an optometry program where the typical patient is a well person seeking an eye exam for glasses or contacts.
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Dr. Pratip Nag
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Lots of differences

Optometrists have 3-4 years of training after undergraduate years and they are limited to checking your vision, pressures, retina.
An ophthalmologist is an eye doctor, who goes to 4 years of medical school after undergraduate years and then does a 2-3 year training after finishing medical school. They can check the eye, do eye surgery and prescribe medicines for the eye.

In brief: Lots of differences

Optometrists have 3-4 years of training after undergraduate years and they are limited to checking your vision, pressures, retina.
An ophthalmologist is an eye doctor, who goes to 4 years of medical school after undergraduate years and then does a 2-3 year training after finishing medical school. They can check the eye, do eye surgery and prescribe medicines for the eye.
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