What are the Differences Between an Ophthalmologist and an Optometrist?

Both an ophthalmologist and optometrist are referred to as eye specialists. The main differences are the scope of education and their professional services to remove visual hindrances and allow patients visual clarity. At San Antonio Eye Specialists we find both specialties to accommodate the different needs of the patients. Continue reading to learn more about the differences between an ophthalmologist and an optometrist.

What Is An Ophthalmologist?

An ophthalmologist possesses an MD (Doctor of Medicine) or DO (Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine) degree. Ophthalmology is a delicate, and complex branch of medicine. Years of training begin with the completion of an undergraduate college degree, followed by 4 years of medical school, 1 year of internship, and a 3-year approved surgical residency program. Some surgeons further specialize by completing a fellowship, lasting 1-2 years.

When would a patient seek an ophthalmologist? An ophthalmologist is a medical doctor trained in the complex systems of the body with an emphasis on eye disorders. They are able to diagnose and treat eye diseases and perform surgery. Depending on the surgical subspecialty, they can specialize in one or more of the following: LASIK, cataract removal, glaucoma, corneal disease, and oculoplastics.

Dr. Iskander is fellowship-trained in refractive surgery and specializes in helping patients achieve visual freedom by correcting refractive errors without the use of glasses and contact lenses but using surgical procedures. Refractive surgical options include LASIK, PRK, ICL, EVO ICL, cataract removal, and RLE (Refractive Lens Exchange). Dr. Iskander also performs oculoplastics and has beautiful results.

What Is An Optometrist?

An optometrist possesses an OD (Doctor of Optometry) degree. Optometry is a 4-year educational program following the completion of a 4-year undergraduate degree. Optometrists offer primary vision care ranging from diagnosis, management, and treatment plans. They are excellent clinicians and provide routine eyecare and correct refractive errors using contact lenses and glasses.

Optometrists may also specialize in a variety of areas such as Low Vision Care which is a passion for Dr. Geneva Means and Therapeutic Glaucoma Management. Dr. Antonio Urbina, III specializes in Ocular Surface Diseases such as Dry Eye and Therapeutic Glaucoma Management. Both our optometrists play a fundamental role in the preoperative and postoperative care of all surgical patients.

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We have a remarkable team of honest, compassionate professionals at San Antonio Eye Specialists working together to help you achieve your best-corrected vision. We have surgical and non-surgical options, depending on your needs. For your eyes...don't compromise!