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Ophthalmology vs. Optometry

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Eye issues, such as cataracts and infections, should never go unchecked.  Sometimes it can be difficult to determine whether you need the help of an ophthalmologist or an optometrist. Both of these providers play crucial roles in eye health. Understanding their differences can help you make the right choice.

When you need medical or surgical eye care, only an ophthalmologist will do. Ophthalmologists have been educated and trained to perform cataract, laser, and other surgeries.

While optometrists have also received formal education and training, they are not licensed to perform surgeries or deliver some other services ophthalmologists do.

When dealing with an eye issue you’ve recently developed, going to an optometrist first can be a good choice, as they can spot eye issues which need further treatment, and refer you to an ophthalmologist. If your eye issues have been chronic or are severe, an ophthalmologist who has been trained to treat your particular issue can provide more specialized care.

Still not sure which professional to choose for your eye health? Crystal Run Healthcare has developed this informative infographic to help.

Ophthalmology vs. Optometry

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