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M.D. vs. O.D.

Optometrist vs. Ophthalmologist

Ophthalmologists are physicians – Doctors of Medicine (MDs) or Doctors of Osteopathy (DOs). MDs and DOs complete four or more years of college premedical education, four years of medical school, and one year of internship to get their doctorate degrees.  After becoming licensed physicians, they do a residency of three or more years. This consists of medical and surgical specialty training specifically in eye care.

Optometrists – are trained to diagnose and treat vision conditions like nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. They are trained in prescribing eyeglasses, contact lenses, eye exercises, low vision aids, and vision therapy. Optometrists are also trained to identify cataracts, glaucoma, and retinal disease, and to use some medications to treat eye disease.  Optometrist often follow patients surgical patients for Pre-Operative care and Post Operative care.

Ophthalmologist and Optometrist, often times co-manage patients when working in the same practice.  You will find this to be true at Atlantic Eye Institute.  Our 4 Doctors work very close together and in doing so are able to provide 24/7 care for all our existing patients.

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