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The Difference Between Ophthalmologists, Optometrists, and Opticians

December 30, 2018

With the help of American Board of Ophthalmology diplomate Stephanie Marioneaux, MD, of Chesapeake, VA, U.S. News & World Report recently posted an article designed to help educate patients on the differences between ophthalmologists, optometrists, and opticians. Dr. Marioneaux noted that in addition to extensive and rigorous medical education and ophthalmic training, ophthalmologists become board-certified:

 

By the time an ophthalmologist has completed training, Marioneaux says, "we have been tested, retested and we have board certification to practice ophthalmology, which encompasses routine eye exams, fitting glasses and fitting contact lenses, in addition to providing surgery for patients. We are effectively the one-stop shop. When patients come to see an ophthalmologist, we can do everything. If we find a problem, we can take the patient to the operating room. If we diagnose something we can treat it."

 

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