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What is the difference between optometrist and ophthalmologist?

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Dr. Jay Pepose
Ophthalmology
13 doctors agree

In brief: Medical School

Ophthalmologists (eyemds) are doctors of medicine or osteopathy who complete 4 years of college, 4 years of medical school, an internship, and a 3 year residency in ophthalmology.
They can deliver complete medical and surgical eyecare. Optometrists are trained to diagnose and treat vision conditions, identify cataracts, glaucoma, and retinal disease, and to use some medications. They are not mds.

In brief: Medical School

Ophthalmologists (eyemds) are doctors of medicine or osteopathy who complete 4 years of college, 4 years of medical school, an internship, and a 3 year residency in ophthalmology.
They can deliver complete medical and surgical eyecare. Optometrists are trained to diagnose and treat vision conditions, identify cataracts, glaucoma, and retinal disease, and to use some medications. They are not mds.
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Dr. Richard Bensinger
The public is woefully lacking in understanding the difference between an optometrist and an MD ophthalmologist. I always explain the difference as that between a lawyer and a legal assistant which somehow the average person understands.
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Ophthalmologist

Ophthalmologist goes to medical school -- they treat diseases of the entire body-- then they receive special training on all eye disorders, eye surgery, glasses, contacts.
An optometrist makes glasses and fits contact lenses-- they are not medical doctors.

In brief: Ophthalmologist

Ophthalmologist goes to medical school -- they treat diseases of the entire body-- then they receive special training on all eye disorders, eye surgery, glasses, contacts.
An optometrist makes glasses and fits contact lenses-- they are not medical doctors.
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