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Optometrist
(Doctor of Optometry, OD)
 
IN BRIEF

Primary care eye doctor.

 
DISCUSSION

It is common for patients to not know the difference between the two types of what we think of us "eye doctors": optometrists and ophthalmologists.

Optometrists complete a bachelor's degree followed by an optometry degree program, but not medical school. Optometrists prescribe glasses/contacts, manage low vision problems, and diagnose, treat, and manage eye diseases and disorders. They do not perform invasive eye surgeries.

 
ILLUSTRATIONS

 

 
links and references

FIND AN OPTOMETRIST:

CLAO contact lens optometrists

Fellows of the American Academy of Optometry

Canadian Association of Optometrists

New Zealand Association of Optometrists

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