December 5, 2009

What's The Difference Between An Optometrist and Ophthalmologist?

The difference between an optometrist and an ophthalmologist is a common source of confusion and despite what you may have heard, you do not need to see both! Optometrists are doctors who are trained to perform annual eye exams, detect eye diseases and prescribe eyeglasses or contact lenses.

In contrast, ophthalmologists are doctors who have been fully trained in medical school. They can also prescribe eyeglasses or contact lenses, but unlike their counterparts, they can diagnose, treat and perform eye surgery to correct and cure certain diseases of the eye. Ophthalmologists also have a general knowledge of other illnesses of the body as a result of their full medical training.