Optometrists are health professionals who diagnose and treat many vision
problems and diseases of the eye. An optometrist is not a medical doctor, but
rather a doctor of optometry (OD).
Optometrists can perform routine vision testing, prescribe
eyeglasses and contact lenses, detect vision problems and eye disease,
prescribe medicines to treat some diseases of the eye, and provide care
before and after eye surgery.
After undergraduate study, optometrists must complete optometry school. They must take a national licensing
examination and are licensed by the state in which they practice.
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Christopher J. Rudnisky, MD, MPH, FRCSC - Ophthalmology
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