An Optometrist is a health care professional who can provide primary eye care services, such as:
An optometrist is a Doctor of Optometry, an O.D. (not a Doctor of Medicine, an M.D.). To become an optometrist, one must complete pre-professional undergraduate college education followed by 4 years of professional education in a college of optometry.
Ophthalmologist is an eye M.D., a medical doctor whospecialize in eye and vision care. Ophthalmologists
are trained to provide the full spectrum of eye care: These specialists can be found prescribing glasses and contact
lenses, should they so choose too, and are also capable of
complex and delicate eye surgery. They may also be involved in eye research. These professionals are required
to have approximately 13 years of college and residency, before they can receive their degree. This is what allows
them to move flexibly through anything in this field.
There is a lot of training involved in becoming an expert in the field of opthamology. This is the training they will undergo in the US:
Four years of college, four years of medical school, one year of internship, and three years of residency or hospital based training. But for someone that is good in the sciences, and has a desire to help others with issues with their vision, this is an exceptional field of medicine to choose as a profession.
When someone chooses to become an opthamologist, that person can choose to go for this highest level degree. But after the numerous years of college and medical education and training, they then must pass a rigorous, two part examination given by the Board of Opthamology.
These specialists then are able to treat a whole host of eye issues for patients, such as: eyelid abnormalities, excess tearing, anyone with a family history of eye disease, loss of peripheral vision, double vision, misaligned eyes, bulging of one or both of the eyes, a curtain or veil blocking vision, haloes, an injury or eye pain, red eye, floaters, distorted vision, and more. Unlike optometrists, opthamologists can, due to their advanced training, perform treatment ranging from the most minor to the most extreme and complex of eye surgeries.
Opthamologists can also specialize, as neuro opthamologists or pediatric opthamologists.
Opthamologists' annual wages int he US vary greatly, from as little as $80000 to, at the maximum of about $400,000 a year.
The average annual salary for an ophthalmologist is about $200,000.
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