Most people have visited the eye doctor at least once before, but do you know if that doctor was an ophthalmologist or an optometrist? If you do know what kind of doctor they were, do you know why you saw them and not the other type of eye doctor? We are about to find out!
To begin, ophthalmologists are medical doctors (MD) or a doctor of osteopathic medicine (DO) who specializes in vision and eye care. They can perform eye exams, diagnose and treat eye diseases by either prescribing medication or performing an eye surgery, and they can prescribe glasses and contact lenses.