What is the difference between an ophthalmologist and an optometrist?

An ophthalmologist is a medical doctor, while an optometrist is a person whose medical training is related to the technicality of eyesight.

An ophthalmologist is a medical doctor with many years of medical education, specialized and licensed to provide treatment for a wide array of eye diseases. Their competency is covering the area of surgical procedures manual or laser or both, diagnosing and treating all eye related diseases and disabilities. The ophthalmologist is professionally equipped to sign legal medical documents for patients entitled to governmental financial aids.

An optometrist's medical training is related to the technicality of sight and has the ability to prescribe eye glasses or lenses. An optometrist is not a medical doctor.

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Source: https://www.cedars-sinai.edu/Education/Medical-Library/

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