An optometrist is a doctor who, after finishing their bachelor’s degree, trained for four more years in the anatomy, physiology, and diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases. Some optometrists may have even done residencies in advanced treatment of certain eye conditions.
An ophthalmologist is a physician, who, after completing medical school did an internship, followed by 3 years of training in eye diseases and their medical and surgical treatments, as well as possibly further fellowship training in subspecialties in the eye.
With a comprehensive eye exam, eye doctors can see the start of many eye and systemic conditions. Eye conditions may include glaucoma, macular degeneration, and cataracts. Systemic conditions may include high blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes and even cancer.
An optometrist is a fully licensed eye doctor who can prescribe glasses and contacts, and diagnose and treat many eye conditions.
Yes! An optometrist can treat many eye conditions such as dry eye, glaucoma, and macular degeneration.