Optometrist vs Opthamologist

What is the difference between an Optometrist and an Opthamologist? We get this question quite a bit and the terms seem to confuse many people.  So we thought our blog might be a great place to explain the differences. Ophthalmologists and optometrists each play an important role in providing eye care to patients. Let’s look at the different jobs and services each eye care professional can offer.  

A Doctor of Optometry (O.D.)  is a medical professional but not a physician.  Most optometrists spend four or more years after getting their college degree getting an advanced degree in optometry.  Still other optometrists undergo additional clinical training after optometry school. They focus on regular vision care and prescribe eyeglasses and contacts. Optometrists are trained to diagnose and treat vision conditions like farsightedness, nearsightedness and astigmatism, as well as fit and prescribe contact lenses and prescription eyeglass lenses. In the past couple of decades optometry has become much more than just eye exams and rather more medically oriented. Optometrists now receive rigorous and comprehensive training in not just optics and refractions, but also the diagnosis and treatment of eye disease, as well as other systemic conditions that can affect vision and eye health.

Opthamologists are M.D.s are physicians. After medical school Ophthalmologists did an internship and residency in the eye field for three or more years.  This type of medical doctor provides complete eye care including: vision services, eye surgery for diseases such as cataracts and glaucoma, medical care for disease such as iritis, and other eye disorders. They can also perform surgery for drooping eyelids, macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy.

When it is time to get your eyes checked make sure you are seeing someone you feel comfortable with and trust.  Independent Eye Care can help you with your eye care needs and find you the right doctor for the job.

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