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What is Ophthalmology?

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Ophthalmology is the branch of medicine specializing in the anatomy, functions, pathology, diagnosis and treatment of the eye.

Ophthalmologists are medical physicians, with an M.D. (doctor of medicine) or D.O. (doctor of osteopathy) degree, who specialize in the diagnosis and medical and surgical treatment of eye diseases and conditions, vision measurements for glasses and/or contact lenses (refraction), eye muscle imbalances, and the prevention of low vision or blindness and care for the blind.

What is an Ophthalmic Medical Technician

An ophthalmic medical technician (OMT) is a trained professional who works with an ophthalmologist to provide patient care, performing many different eye-related clinical functions.

A description of a general day in the life of an OMT is available on myeyecareer.org »