Optometrists are trained specifically to diagnose and treat conditions like nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. So, they perform similar examinations to ophthalmologists and are a critical part of the nation’s eye health delivery system, but they are not medical doctors and do not perform eye surgery. After receiving a bachelor's degree, optometrists complete an additional 4 years of training to receive an optometry degree. Some may also spend a year in clinical residency.
The Thomas Eye Group has both ophthalmologists and optometrists working together in an integrated delivery model to give the best eye care.