Family Practice Optometry in Weaverville

What is an Ophthalmologist?

By Dr. Doug • December 3, 2011 • Filed in: Eye Care

Ophthalmologist There is much confusion about the specific roles of the three O’s:  Opticians, Optometrist, and Ophthalmologists.  Here we will discuss the role of the ophthalmologist. Ophthalmology is a branch of medicine devoted to eye pathology and surgery.
  • A general ophthalmologist is considered a secondary eye care provider who diagnoses and treats a broad range of eye and vision problems.  Some ophthalmologists specialize in a more specific area of eye care.  There are retinologists, glaucoma specialists, oculoplastic surgeons, ocular oncologist, neuro-opthalmologists and so forth.  These ophthalmologist practice tertiary eye care.
  • An ophthalmologist’s training usually involves four years each of undergraduate school and medical school, one year of internship, and three years of residency.
Most eye care professionals maintain a referral network with each other to ensure the patient receives the best possible care.

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