When you need to get your eyes examined, you probably state that you will go to the “eye doctor.” Likewise, people who want to get LASIK done to reduce their need for contacts or eyeglasses also say they will see the eye doctor. What is interesting is that both an optometrist and an ophthalmologist could be called an eye doctor. However, there are differences between the two. This matters when you want to obtain a specific type of care.
Education and Training
An optometrist obtains a four-year degree, and then four more years of post-graduate training. An ophthalmologist completes the four-year undergraduate education, then four years of medical school, and tops this education off with internship and residency programs of one to three years. The post-graduate training that an ophthalmologist receives enables this eye doctor to:
- Diagnose and treat complicated eye conditions and diseases.
- Access a wider range of treatment modalities for those conditions.
- Perform surgical eye procedures.
- Manage eye health in patients with chronic conditions such as diabetes.
In addition to providing high-level care, an ophthalmologist can perform many of the services available in optometry offices. These include:
- General eye exams to assess vision.
- Diagnosis of vision problems such as nearsightedness.
- Provide prescriptions for eyeglasses and contact lenses.
- Treat minor eye problems.
Many ophthalmology offices offer only services related to eye diseases and cosmetic improvements. At Central Florida Eye Institute, our ophthalmologist patients may obtain the full spectrum of services they need to address their vision and general eye health needs.
Typically, patients have to visit two different offices to maintain visual acuity and to undergo more sophisticated testing or procedures. Our ophthalmologists are proud to provide convenience while helping patients understand more about the conditions that may be affecting their eyes at the moment, or that may develop in the future based on general health.
Dr. Croley is an ophthalmologist that performs exams and treatment for glaucoma, cataracts, dry eye syndrome, diabetic retinopathy, and more. Patients may also visit our optical shop for personal assistance in choosing appropriate eyewear. To schedule your visit with our friendly ophthalmologist and team, call Central Florida Eye Institute today!