An ophthalmologist is either a medical doctor (MD) or doctor of osteopathy (DO). Training consists of a bachelor’s degree (four years), medical school (four years), an internal medicine internship (one year), an ophthalmology residency (three years) and a fellowship (one year) in pediatric ophthalmology. They specialize in the diagnosis of ocular diseases as well as the treatment and surgery of these conditions. Dr. Kruger is a board certified Ophthalmologist, specializing in Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus.
An optometrist’s training consists of a bachelor’s degree (four years) and an optometry professional program (four years). Some also participate in a post-doctorate residency training. They are typically trained to examine the eye for the purpose of prescribing glasses and screening for certain eye abnormalities.
Opticians assist with choosing and fitting a patient with appropriate frames and lenses after the ophthalmologist and/or optometrist has determined the prescription. They usually receive on-the-job training and can become certified by the American Board of Opticianry.