Difference Between an Optometrist and an Ophthalmologist

When you are looking for professional care to protect the health of your eyes and the quality of your vision, it can be confusing as to which specialist provides the type of care you require. At the office of IC Laser Eye Care, our ophthalmology team is well equipped to address all your vision care needs While both ophthalmologists and optometrists play an important role in providing eye care, their levels of training and expertise are different. An optometrist is trained and licensed to practice optometry, which primarily involves the performance eye exams and vision tests, prescribing and dispensing corrective lenses, detecting certain eye abnormalities and medical conditions, as well as prescribing therapeutic measures, and medications for a number of eye problems. When you visit an ophthalmologist, you’re seeing a physician with a medical degree who has received advanced specialty training in the diagnosis and treatment of all types of issues affecting eye health and visual function. As a medical doctor, an ophthalmologist is licensed to diagnose and treat all types eye diseases or injuries, and perform surgical procedures as well as prescribes and fits eyeglasses and contact lenses to correct vision problems. Some ophthalmologists even further specialize to provide more complex care in a specific area of medical or surgical eye care. This type of ophthalmologist is called a subspecialist and they sometimes complete one or two additional years of training in a main subspecialty area such as glaucoma, retina, cornea, or pediatrics. This added training and knowledge enables an ophthalmologist to take care of specific conditions in certain areas of the eye or in certain groups of patients. At the office of IC Laser Eye Care, we’re dedicated to providing the highest quality of skilled and compassionate care. For more information on our office and the many services that we provide, give us a call today

By IC Laser Eye Care

December 25, 2019

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