What is an Ophthalmologist?

An ophthalmologist is a doctor of medicine or osteopathy (MD or DO) who has specialty training in the treatment of eye diseases.  He or she has completed college and medical school.  Then an ophthalmologist completes a one year medical internship and a three or four year ophthalmology residency.  Ophthalmologists are trained to evaluate and manage all eye diseases.  They treat patients, when necessary, with laser and with invasive surgery.  There are subspecialists in some fields of ophthalmology who have completed one or two year fellowships after finishing their ophthalmology training.

Many ophthalmologists belong to the American Academy of Ophthalmology and are board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology.