Apart from being very hard to spell, like an optometrist, they have usually taken three years of college plus eight years of specialized medical training, resulting in a university degree referred to as a Medical Doctor or “MD”.
Ophthalmologists can be thought of as a specialized eye doctor. While they can perform the same functions as an optometrist, they have medical skills to take care of specific eye problems that may require surgery.
- Perform a sight test (reading the letters on the chart)
- Examine the eye using various instruments and technology
- Diagnose eye diseases.
- Prescribe medications to treat the eye disease.
- Write prescriptions for eyeglasses and contact lenses
- Perform eye surgery
Saturday: medical emergency only