Should I see an optometrist or an ophthalmologist?
Great question! Optometrists and ophthalmologists are both eye doctors who diagnose and treat a wide range of eye conditions and diseases.
Not sure which Doctor is right for your needs? It can be a tricky question - but we've got your back. Here's how they differ:
Ophthalmology: Ophthalmologists are medical doctors (MDs) who specialize in eye and vision care. They treat vision problems and eye conditions by offering comprehensive eye exams and fittings for eye glasses and contact lenses. Unlike optometrists, ophthalmologists can perform eye surgery and treat eye diseases.
Optometry: An optometrist is an eye health professional who specializes in vision care. Unlike an ophthalmologist, an optometrist is not a medical doctor. Optometrists earn a doctor of optometry degree, or O.D. Optometrists focus on primary eye care for patients dealing with vision loss or changes. They perform routine eye exams, comprehensive eye exams, and eyeglasses/ contact lens fittings, and may prescribe medication to treat eye problems. Optometrists do not perform surgeries or treat eye diseases.