What’s the difference between an Optometrist and an Ophthalmologist?

Great question!!! Both are “eye doctors,” with much overlap between their skill- sets. Each type of eye doctor complements the other nicely, but there are some key differences. In general, optometrists are considered primary eye care providers, while ophthalmologists are typically utilized for referral purposes, for surgery or advanced disease management. Optometrists generally spend more one-on-one time with patients during any given appointment, and are very adept at providing general / routine eye care, ranging from new prescription glasses and contacts, to the diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases. Ophthalmologists are also very adept eye care providers, specializing more in the treatment of advanced eye disease through surgery and / or other means. Again, both complement each other nicely, similar in a way to dentists and orthodontists. In summary, both are incredibly valuable and capable, willing and able to help you through life’s journey. Are you looking for an eye doctor? Give me a call at Eye Care Professional Center, where you’ll feel the difference.