People, usually make the mistake of visiting the wrong specialist while deciding to go for an eye-checkup.
It is very important to understand the difference, and to decide whether to visit an Optometrist or an Ophthalmologist, depending upon your eye-health. Ophthalmologists are medical doctors, and you will see them add a “MD” after their names. They often perform routine eye exams, but also can offer a much wider range of vision care services, including advanced treatments, eye surgery, and specialized care for more complicated vision conditions and diseases. Whereas, Optometrists have completed medical training but they are not physicians. You will be able to tell a provider is an optometrist by noting the “OD” following his or her name. The “OD” stands for Oculis Doctor. Like ophthalmologists, they can provide diagnosis and treatment of many conditions and diseases of the eye. In many cases, OD’s will have routine eye care and vision testing as their primary focus.
Only ophthalmologists can perform eye surgery procedures as licensed medical doctors, they also have the ability to provide a full range of prescription medications for your eye health. For routine vision care, ophthalmologists may be able to provide more comprehensive vision exams and spot rare vision disorders or problems.