Xiidra Double II logo animation
LET'S GET TO KNOW THE DIFFERENCE

LET’S GET TO KNOW
THE DIFFERENCE

There are a bunch of different eye specialists out there...which is lucky for dry eyes everywhere. But things can get confusing when you're not sure what each one does. We're here to help.

Optometrists

Optometrists

Optometrists are eye doctors (ODs) who attended optometry school and are trained to examine and treat eyes for both vision and health problems. They may prescribe eyeglasses, contact lenses, medications and perform certain procedures to treat problems and diseases of the eyes.

Optometrists are eye doctors (ODs) who attended optometry school and are trained to examine and treat eyes for both vision and health problems. They may prescribe eyeglasses, contact lenses, medications and perform certain procedures to treat problems and diseases of the eyes.

Ophthalmologists

Ophthalmologists

Ophthalmologists are eye doctors (MDs or DOs) who attended medical school and are trained to specialize in medical and surgical care of the eyes. They also may prescribe eyeglasses, contact lenses and medications.

Ophthalmologists are eye doctors (MDs or DOs) who attended medical school and are trained to specialize in medical and surgical care of the eyes. They also may prescribe eyeglasses, contact lenses and medications.

LOOKING FOR AN EYE
SPECIALIIST?

Now that you know who's who—if you're looking for an optometrist or ophthalmologist to chat with about your symptoms, try searching: "optometrist near me" or "ophthalmologist near me."

Looking for an eye specialist
Looking for an eye specialist