What is the difference between an Ophthalmologist and an Optometrist? Does it matter who I see?

This is a great question and one that we are asked often. Ophthalmologists and optometrists are two different types of eye care providers and both are committed to helping you maintain healthy eyes and excellent vision. There are some important differences you should be aware of that may help you to decide which type of provider is best for your needs.     Ophthalmologists are medical doctors (M.D.) who complete 4 years of undergraduate training to obtain a bachelor’s degree followed by the same 4 years of medical school that all medical doctors complete prior to obtaining their M.D. degree. They then go on to complete a 1 year medical/surgical internship (usually in a major medical center) where they work alongside a variety of other interns to provide inpatient and outpatient care to a variety of patients with wide ranging medical conditions. Following internship your op...
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