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What kind of eye doctor should I go to?

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If you need a routine checkup, you can go to either an optometrist (OD) or an ophthalmologist (MD). If you have or think you might have an eye problem like cataracts or glaucoma, or a health condition like diabetes, choose an ophthalmologist.

SOURCES:

American Academy of Ophthalmology: "eyeSmart: Eye Screening for Children," "Vision Screening Recommendations for Adults 40 to 60," "Vision Screening Recommendations for Adults Over 60," "Vision Screening Recommendations for Adults Under 40."

American Optometric Association: "Comprehensive Eye and Vision Examination."

Prevent Blindness America: "How Often Should I Have an Eye Exam?"

Reviewed by Whitney Seltman on February 4, 2020

SOURCES:

American Academy of Ophthalmology: "eyeSmart: Eye Screening for Children," "Vision Screening Recommendations for Adults 40 to 60," "Vision Screening Recommendations for Adults Over 60," "Vision Screening Recommendations for Adults Under 40."

American Optometric Association: "Comprehensive Eye and Vision Examination."

Prevent Blindness America: "How Often Should I Have an Eye Exam?"

Reviewed by Whitney Seltman on February 4, 2020

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