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Why you should see an ophthalmologist

All Physicians Eye Clinic doctors are ophthalmologists.

An ophthalmologist is an "Eye MD" — a medical doctor who specializes in the eyes.

Ophthalmologists must graduate from college and complete four years of medical school and four years of ophthalmology residency training.

Patients also would visit a comprehensive ophthalmologist to have their eyes examined for a particular disease or injury and receive medication or surgical treatment.

What Ophthalmologists Can Do

As medical doctors, ophthalmologists can:

Diagnose and treat all eye diseases
Perform eye surgery
Prescribe and fit eyeglasses and contact lenses

Other Vision Professionals

Optometrists, on the other hand, are not medical doctors. 

After completing college and four years of optometry school, optometrists receive a Doctor of Optometry (OD) degree. They can conduct eye exams, prescribe and dispense corrective lenses, detect some eye abnormalities and prescribe medications for a few select eye diseases, which vary by state.

Opticians are technicians who fit eyeglasses, contact lenses and other devices to correct eyesight. Opticians do not test vision or write prescriptions for vision correction. Opticians cannot diagnose or treat eye diseases.