I'm getting worried about all these heated animosities b/w the two professions and I'm worried that if i pursue ophthalmology as a career...i may get shafted by optometrists wanting to do procedures. I feel like this is kind of rediculous b/c if this is the case...it wouldn't make sense for any MD's to go into ophtho...and its so freaking competitive to get in. Its like...ok...you need a 3.4 gpa and whatever to get into optometry school after college but for ophthalmology you need to be in the top of your class for undergrad...then you need to be the top of your class for medical school and then do another 4 years of residency to practice ophthalmology. To have an optometry or optometrists degree equal that of ophthalmologist's degree sounds ludakris! It makes going into ophthalmology less attractive, have anxiety over too many providers, and lowers the opinions of others about the field.