Originally posted by turtleboard:
So what's the rationale behind a career in optometry? Why not go to med school and become an opthalmologist?
What's the scope of an OD's practice? Where does it end and where does the MD's begin?
As primary eye care providers, doctors of optometry examine, diagnose, treat and manage diseases and disorders of the visual system, the eyes and associated structures as well as diagnose related systemic conditions.
Optometrists examine the internal and external structure of the eyes to diagnose eye diseases like glaucoma, cataracts and retinal disorders; systemic diseases like hypertension and diabetes; and vision conditions like nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism and presbyopia. They also determine the patient's ability to focus and coordinate the eyes, to judge depth and to see color accurately.
They prescribe eyeglasses and contact lenses, low vision aids, vision therapy and medications to treat eye diseases as well as perform certain surgical procedures.
Optometrists work in private practices, multidisciplinary medical practices, hospitals, teaching institutions, research positions, community health centers and the ophthalmic industry, while others choose careers in the military, public health or government service.
<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" size="2">Originally posted by turtleboard:
dmd, dmd, dmd...
Do the words "profit," "money," and "salary" EVER escape your mind for a second?
For everyone's information, the MD with the highest salary in the United States is an opthalmologist who pulls in $10,000,000. The second highest salary for the MD in the US also goes to an opthalmologist who pulls in $5,000,000. Source: Opthalmology resident, SUNY Downstate Medical Center.