There are different types of eye doctors who can be involved in your LASIK care. Ophthalmologists are eye doctors who specialize in the medical and surgical care of the eyes and visual system and also the prevention of eye disease and injury. They can be either Doctors of Medicine (M.D.) or Doctors of Osteopathy (D.O.). Ophthalmologists are eye physicians and eye surgeons. LASIK surgeons are eye doctors who are ophthalmologists and actually perform Laser Eye Surgery such as LASIK. Typically, LASIK eye surgeons have attended medical school, one year of internship and three or more years of specialized medical and surgical training in eye care as a resident in ophthalmology. Many then attend specialized fellowship training in order to become specialists in diseases and surgery of the cornea so they can become LASIK specialists. Generally these LASIK eye doctors have a great deal of expertise and can give you a thorough consultation and opinion about your suitability. Optometrists are eye doctors who are trained to examine, diagnose, treat, and manage vision and some eye health problems due to diseases and disorders of the eye and visual system. They are Doctors of Optometry (O.D.). Optometrists who are LASIK doctors usually have additional training in hospital settings, ophthalmology clinics or LASIK Eye Centers but don’t perform the actual surgery so that they often will refer to a laser eye surgeon to make the final decision about a patient’s suitability.
It is definitely worthwhile taking the time to find a laser eye surgeon who is a LASIK specialist. You can do so by visiting the web site for the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgery or other LASIK information and surgeon directory resources.