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I have a bad eye infection, who should I go see first? My optometrist or primary doctor?

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Dr. David Kira
Ophthalmology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Neither

If you have a bad eye infection, you need to see an ophthalmologist not an optometrist or primary care physician (unless you need referral).
Some serious eye infections need culture prior to antibiotic therapy and an ophthalmologist is most skilled at obtaining the specimen. Also it may not even be an infection...!

In brief: Neither

If you have a bad eye infection, you need to see an ophthalmologist not an optometrist or primary care physician (unless you need referral).
Some serious eye infections need culture prior to antibiotic therapy and an ophthalmologist is most skilled at obtaining the specimen. Also it may not even be an infection...!
Dr. David Kira
Dr. David Kira
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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology
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In brief: Ophthalmologist

Eye infections can by far best be handled by an ophthalmologist - a fully trained eye specialist.
Optometrists are good at eyeglass fitting and contact lenses but are not medical doctors.

In brief: Ophthalmologist

Eye infections can by far best be handled by an ophthalmologist - a fully trained eye specialist.
Optometrists are good at eyeglass fitting and contact lenses but are not medical doctors.
Dr. Richard Bensinger
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Dr. Jon Fishburn
Ophthalmology

In brief: Eye infection

Either is okay. If your health care provider requires help based on the type of infection, a referral may be necessary to an eye md (ophthalmologist).
Preferably any serious eye infection should be evaluated by an ophthalmologist.

In brief: Eye infection

Either is okay. If your health care provider requires help based on the type of infection, a referral may be necessary to an eye md (ophthalmologist).
Preferably any serious eye infection should be evaluated by an ophthalmologist.
Dr. Jon Fishburn
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