Ophthalmologists are medical doctors who specialize in diagnosing and treating eye diseases and conditions. They are trained to diagnose, treat, and manage diseases and disorders of the eye, as well as perform surgery on the eye. Ophthalmologists have the most extensive training in eye care and can provide the most comprehensive care.
Optometrists are eye care professionals who are trained to diagnose common vision problems, prescribe corrective lenses, and provide treatment for some eye diseases. Optometrists can diagnose vision problems, measure vision, and prescribe corrective lenses like eyeglasses or contact lenses. They can also provide preventive care and treatment for some eye diseases.