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Ophthalmology as a career?

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Replies to: Ophthalmology as a career?

  • CodenameMonocleCodenameMonocle Registered User Posts: 11 New Member
    @TheBruceWayne I'm sorry that I couldn't respond, but yes I did get what you said.
    @mjscal I do understand a bit of both ophthalmology and optometry. I have shadowed an optometrist during the summer, and most of the time (at least where I live) she saw clients for routine eye checks. It isn't often that they get something other than a "check-up". I am very interested in the medical field and was just looking to see what possibilities there are. I understand that over time my interests may or may not change, but I am just asking questions and nothing is set in stone. And yes, I'm trying to shadow an ophthalmologist in the future.
    @MiamiDAP I will agree with you that I am in no position to pick any occupation. However, as I've said above, I'm just looking to see what I could be.

    Anyways, I also have a question regarding credit. By the end of senior year, I'll have about 57 credits that I can transfer to any public college (in Texas), meaning I'll be able to "skip" freshman and sophomore year and graduate two years earlier. However, if I get accepted into UTD Pact, there is a very low chance that any of my math and science credits will transfer. Basically, I'll have to spend seven years if I go the UTD Pact route and about six years if I don't go to Pact (only including college and med school, no residency). Also, Pact only requires you to take a practice MCAT and will let you continue to UT Southwestern (only if you meet their academic standards, of course). In terms of credit, is it really worth it to take/not take that extra year?

  • MiamiDAPMiamiDAP Registered User Posts: 16,184 Senior Member
    Optometrist is NOT an MD. Optometrist did not graduate from a medical school. They graduate from Optometry schools, which I heard may be more competitive to get accepted than medical schools. I do not think that optometrist can perform a surgical procedures (I am not 100% sure though, maybe they can). I also do not think that somebody with diabetes who go to check the eyes on the regular basis and whose claims are submitted to the Medical insurance, not Vision insurance, I do not think that such a patient go to Optometrist, they go to Ophthalmologist, the person with the MD attached to his name. I do not believe that the Optometrist can submit a medical claim to the Medical insurance, I believe that they can submit a claim only to Vision insurance.
  • brantlybrantly Registered User Posts: 3,357 Senior Member
    edited January 2016
    As I said, an optometrist is a vision-care professional. The degree is OD, doctor of optometry. It requires four years of post-graduate study at a school of optometry. An ophthalmologist is an eye surgeon. The degree is MD. It requires four years of post-grad study at a medical school, followed by a one-year internship and three years of surgical residency in ophthalmology.
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