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An Eye MD is a medical doctor who specializes in diagnosis, treatment, and surgery of the eye. In addition to medical and surgical eye care, Eye MDs also fit glasses and contact lenses for the correction of nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. Eye MDs are committed to providing the highest quality of eye care to their patients.
Eye MDs undergo rigorous training in general medicine and surgery of the eye. Their training starts with four years of undergraduate training prior to entering medical school. Medical school is an extremely intensive and competitive four year training program where all MDs are trained in the diagnosis and treatment of human disease. After completion of medical school an entire year is spent as an intern caring for patients with diverse medical problems in a hospital setting.
After internship qualified applicants are accepted into ophthalmology training programs. Ophthalmology training (residency) is a three or four year program which focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of eye disease. Intensive training is received on the diagnosis and treatment of cataract, glaucoma, pediatric eye disease, inflammatory eye disease, orbital disease, corneal and external disease, retinal disease, ocular pathology, neuroophthalmic disease, ocular trauma, oculoplastic surgery, refractive surgery, and the diagnosis of systemic disease in the eye.
Eye MDs are trained in microsurgery and master the intricate techniques required to perform modern ophthalmic surgery. Hundreds of surgical cases are performed by the resident throughout his or her training program. In addition to incisional surgery, Eye MDs gain extensive training in the use of lasers to treat a broad range of ocular diseases. After completion of residency training Eye MDs may become board certified in Ophthalmology by the American Board of Ophthalmology.