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What is an ophthalmologist?
An ophthalmologist is an eye medical doctor (MD) who specializes in the anatomy, physiology, and diseases of the eye. An ophthalmologist is trained to provide care for the full spectrum of the eye -- from providing prescriptions for eye glasses to performing eye surgery.

What is the difference between an ophthalmologist, optometrist, and an optician?
An ophthalmologist is a trained medical eye doctor (MD) having completed at least
- Four years of college
- Four years of medical school
- One year of internship
- Three years of residency training (training in a hospital) in the medical and surgical treatment of eye diseases.
Furthermore, some ophthalmologists decide to pursue one to two years of additional fellowship training in one of the following ophthalmic subspecialties: cornea, glaucoma, retina, oculoplastics, pediatrics, uveitis, and neuro-ophthalmology.

An optometrist is a doctor of optometry (OD), licensed to practice optometry. Optometrists determine the need for eyeglasses and contact lenses, prescribe optical correction and screen for abnormalities of the eye. In many states, optometrists can prescribe a limited number of drugs to help diagnose and treat certain eye conditions. Optometrists do not perform surgery. An optometrist has completed at least
- Four years of college
- Four years of optometry school

An optician is licensed by the State of Georgia to make and dispense eyeglasses and other optical devices based on the prescriptions of a licensed ophthalmologist or optometrist.

Is there a website for more information about eye conditions?
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