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What do ophthalmologists do?

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Ophthalmologists are medical doctors. After medical school, they had a 1-year internship and a residency of 3 or more years. They offer complete eye care services, such as :

  • Vision services, including eye exams
  • Medical eye care for conditions like glaucoma, iritis, and chemical burns
  • Surgical eye care for trauma, crossed eyes, cataracts, glaucoma, and other problems
  • Diagnosis and treatment of eye conditions related to other diseases, like diabetes or arthritis
  • Plastic surgery to raise droopy eyelids or smooth out wrinkles

SOURCES:

American Academy of Ophthalmology Medical Library (Medem): "Eye Care Facts and Myths: A Closer Look."

Cleveland Clinic: "Eye Care Specialists."

Prevent Blindness America: "Who's Who in Eye Care."

Horizon BCBSNJ: "Making Healthcare Work: Glossary."

Vision Channel: "What Is an Optometrist?"

All About Vision: "Find an Eye Doctor - Optometrist or M.D."

All Allied Health Schools: "Become an Optician: Optician Jobs, Optician Schools."

About.Com: "Finding the Right Eye Doctor."

American Academy of Ophthalmology: "eyeSmart: Know Your Eyecare Team."

Prevent Blindness America: "Who's Who in Eyecare?"

Reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy on February 11, 2019

SOURCES:

American Academy of Ophthalmology Medical Library (Medem): "Eye Care Facts and Myths: A Closer Look."

Cleveland Clinic: "Eye Care Specialists."

Prevent Blindness America: "Who's Who in Eye Care."

Horizon BCBSNJ: "Making Healthcare Work: Glossary."

Vision Channel: "What Is an Optometrist?"

All About Vision: "Find an Eye Doctor - Optometrist or M.D."

All Allied Health Schools: "Become an Optician: Optician Jobs, Optician Schools."

About.Com: "Finding the Right Eye Doctor."

American Academy of Ophthalmology: "eyeSmart: Know Your Eyecare Team."

Prevent Blindness America: "Who's Who in Eyecare?"

Reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy on February 11, 2019

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