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Contrast Between Optometrist and Ophthalmologist

Sometimes it is always hard for individuals who have eyesight problems to choose on which specialist to go to. There is a big difference between optometrist and ophthalmologist that an individual should know before going to the specialist. There are some of the things to know about both of the specialists, that is optometrist and ophthalmologist.

The word optometry come from a Greek origin “op” that means how the vision is measured. Ophthalmology is a word that originated from the Greek stem that means the studying of eyes. A professional that deals with problems that affect the eyes are called the optometrist. So the Optometrist don’t treat the eyes, but they refer them to the ophthalmologist. An ophthalmologist is a physician that has the ability, through training and level of knowledge to perform the eye surgery. The ophthalmologist is highly trained in that they have knowledge and education in caring for the vision problems and deals with a broader range of eye problems since they have two options of either specializing or generalizing. This specialist has the short names of their field name the Optometrist Doctors is O.D while the Doctors of Ophthalmologist is the D.O.

You will find that they also have the areas that have specialized in and we will discuss every one of them. You will find that the optometrist has two terms of fours each of studying the first one is for the undergraduate school, and the other is for an extra four of optometry. During the specialization period, they can choose to do some subspecialty which are the low vision, dry eyes, contact lens fitting, and others sub-specialty. The optometrist has not been taught and has no knowledge of how the eyes are affected and how they affect the body. An optometrist can have the certificate, but they cannot have to perform some of the other surgery like the minor eye diseases.

You will find that the ophthalmologist is a physician that can be a doctor of osteopathy or a doctor of medicine. You will find that just like the optometrists the ophthalmologist also undergo a two terms education where they study for four years of undergraduate school and the last term for the medical school. You will find that they have specialized in doing surgery for the eyes and if they wish to specialize also they can specialize in programs like pathology, cornea, retina and many more others. You will see that the ophthalmologist specialist must always get a working license to practice the eye care medicine and can also perform the surgery. You will find that the ophthalmologist can quickly know the illness and examine some other problems in other body parts. However, they know the side effects of other medicines to the eye.