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Know your eye-care specialist: Ophthalmologist Vs Optometrist!

02 August 17

Getting an eye checkup done does not seem scary or repulsive to most when compared to other medical checkups. But, this does not mean that you should trust any Opto-something doctor with your eyes. So, before you plan your next eye checkup, learn about the difference between an Ophthalmologist and an Optometrist!

Who is an Ophthalmologist?

·       Eye M. D.- Doctor of Medicine who specialises in eye and vision care

·       Has completed four or more years of premedical education and at least 4 or more years of specialised post-graduation medical and surgical training in eye care

·       Hold license to practice medicine and surgery in eyecare

·       Capable of performing scientific research on the causes and cures for eye diseases and vision disorders

·       Can hold sub-specialization in certain diseases or diseases of certain parts of the eye


When should you see an Ophthalmologist?

·       For both vision and eye health routine checkups

·       If diagnosed with or in doubt about glaucoma, macular degeneration or cataracts

·       For any other eye disease that requires medical treatments


Who is an Optometrist?

·       Eye O.D. – Doctor of Optometry

·       Healthcare professional that provides primary vision care

·       Hold education and training from an accredited optometry college in a four-year course

·       Licensed to examine the eyes and vision

·       Can prescribe spectacles, contact lenses and eye exercises


When should you see an Optometrist?

·       For regular eye checkups and vision tests

·       For testing, correcting your spectacles, power or kind of lenses

·       For learning eye exercises that help in maintaining healthy eyes and vision


If you wish to get a specialised advice for neuro-ophthalmology treatment in Pune, book a consultation at one of the most reputed ophthalmology hospitals in the city. With experienced doctors and trained healthcare professionals, you can get a comprehensive eye check-up done at a time that suits you best!