An optometrist is a doctor of optometry (OD) who specializes in the primary and medical care of your eyes and visual system.
In general, optometrists complete 4 years of undergrad and 4 years of optometry school.
In addition, many optometrists do an optional 1 – 2 year residency or fellowship. Add it up and that’s a minimum of 8 – 10 years of education after high school.
Optometrists manage most diseases of the eye, prescribe glasses and contact lenses, evaluate how your eyes work together, and assist you with visual impairments all so you can live your life to the fullest.
The scope of medical care that can be provided by an optometrist varies in each state (due to state law). With this in mind, optometrists are trained on virtually all aspects of the eye and visual system.
It’s easiest to think of them as your primary eye doctors.
For example, if you had red, irritated eyes or were looking to be fit with contact lenses, you could see an optometrist.
*This description fits true for optometrists in the United States and may vary from country to country. Click here to learn more about what optometrists do!