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What is an ophthalmologist?

David R. Demartini, MD
Ophthalmology
An ophthalmologist is a MedicalDoctor (MD) who is trained in general medicine first, treats patient's general medical problems as an intern before deciding to specialize in medical and surgical diseases involving the eyes. Many ophthalmologists do even more specialized training after residency to concentrate on more specific diseases (retinal, pediatric, cornea,l etc) of the eye.
An ophthalmologist (Eye M.D.) is a medical doctor with additional specialized training in all aspects of eye care — medical, surgical and optical.

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