Because ophthalmology is a separate profession with a different scope of practice and required training. Even if optometry school provided some sort of surgical residency to allow optometrists to function similar to ophthalmologists, you would be looking at 4-5 additional years of schooling after the optometry training.why Ophthalmology is not part of the optometry school. I mean why should i go to medical school and then apply for residency to be Ophthalmology, isn't Ophthalmology the anatomy, functions, pathology, and treatment of the eye.
Yeah it would be interesting if you could bypass medical training and skip to an ophthalmology residency after becoming an OD. Or to be fair, have the option to compete with MD/DO students for residencies (which would be pretty tough). Then again, it's kinda hard for us to say whether that would be viable or not without actually being exposed to curricula.Which makes sense actually: if you want to study the eyes, do Optometry. If you want to do eye surgery, do Optometry plus another 4 years or so of surgical training.
What is it you would like to be different about the Optometry curriculum?Well I can't imagine we need to study exactly the same curricula as medical students to do eye surgeries, but I agree with you that the current OD program may need to be tweaked a bit. As a pre-opt though I have to admit I'm making most of this up since I haven't actually been exposed to the OD curriculum (yet!)