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What is an Optometrist?

An Optometrist (OD), or Doctor of Optometry, is an eye doctor licensed to practice optometry. They specialize in determining spectacle or contact lens prescriptions, diagnosing, monitoring and offering primary care treatment for most eye abnormalities and diseases of the eye. An Optometrist goes to four years of college and then four years of Optometry College and clinical rotations. Some attend post-education residencies. An optometrist prescribes topical and oral eye medications but does not perform major surgical procedures.

What are Optometrists trained to do?

Detect and diagnose eye diseases such as glaucoma, cataracts, retinal disorders, lid distortions and infections such as conjunctivitis. Prescribe medication to treat eye diseases. Evaluate and treat vision conditions such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism and presbyopia. Perform minor procedures such as removing foreign objects from the eye. Provide pre- and post-operative care, especially for glaucoma, laser, refractive and cataract patients.

What is an Optician?

An Optician (LDO) is a health care provider licensed to fill and dispense spectacles, contact lenses and other optical devices from a written prescription of a licensed physician or Optometrist. An Optician may become licensed through a two-year education program or apprenticeship program but is not required to be licensed to work. An optician is not an eye doctor.

What is an Ophthalmologist?

An Ophthalmologist (MD or DO) is a Doctor of Medicine or Osteopathy. Such a physician is licensed to practice medicine and surgery, and each choose to specialize in different aspects of eye and vision care. An ophthalmologist’s education typically includes four years of medical school, and two or more years of general hospital experience in treating eye disease in a hospital-based eye residence program


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