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Can an md who is not an ophthalmologist write a prescription for getting eyeglasses?
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Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology
4 doctors agree
In brief: Yes, but...
... It would be similar to an eye doctor writing for an orthotic device for a leg.
During medical school, students receive only basic training in the different medical specialties. After graduation, doctors receive their specialized knowledge in residency programs. Without the proper knowledge, training and equipment, a non- eye doctor will not be able to write a proper prescription for glasses.

In brief: Yes, but...
... It would be similar to an eye doctor writing for an orthotic device for a leg.
During medical school, students receive only basic training in the different medical specialties. After graduation, doctors receive their specialized knowledge in residency programs. Without the proper knowledge, training and equipment, a non- eye doctor will not be able to write a proper prescription for glasses.
Dr. Andrew Shatz
Dr. Andrew Shatz
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Dr. Daniel Bustos
Ophthalmology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Technically, yes
It probably could be done and accepted by optical shops, but an md who is not an ophthalmologist to prescribe glasses would be foolish as there is a high-degree of training involved in knowing how to prescribe glasses.
I am unaware of any laws that would be broken, however, in doing so.

In brief: Technically, yes
It probably could be done and accepted by optical shops, but an md who is not an ophthalmologist to prescribe glasses would be foolish as there is a high-degree of training involved in knowing how to prescribe glasses.
I am unaware of any laws that would be broken, however, in doing so.
Dr. Daniel Bustos
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Dr. Howard Pomeranz
Ophthalmology
In brief: Eyeglasses
An eyeglasses prescription can only be written by an eye care professional such as an optometrist or ophthalmologist.

In brief: Eyeglasses
An eyeglasses prescription can only be written by an eye care professional such as an optometrist or ophthalmologist.
Dr. Howard Pomeranz
Dr. Howard Pomeranz
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