Optometrist or Ophthalmologist – Blue Ridge
Every Optometrist and Ophthalmologist in Blue Ridge is a certified eye specialist, and both are commonly referred to by the title “Eye Doctor.” These similarities have lead to the common confusion between the two positions.
Dr. Jabaley is a licensed optometrist in Blue Ridge. An optometrist is a Doctor of Optometry and is certified to provide eye care, but is different than a medical doctor like an ophthalmologist. A Doctor of Optometry degree (OD) requires 4 years of postgraduate education in a college of optometry, and many optometrists also complete a residency (on site training).
As an optometrist, Dr. Jabaley is certified to provide many primary eye care services to the Blue Ridge area. This includes eye exams, treatment of common eye conditions and diseases as well the prescription of contact lenses, glasses and certain medications.
Ophthalmologist – Blue Ridge, GA
Each ophthalmologist in Blue Ridge is a Doctor of Medicine (MD) who specializes in eye care. After medical school, an ophthalmologist needs to complete a single year of internship and three years of residency training in order to practice ophthalmology in Blue Ridge, GA. Ophthalmologists receive a broader medical education and are treat more severe eye conditions – only ophthalmologists are licensed to perform surgery on the eye.
If you’re looking for an ophthalmologist in Blue Ridge, Dr. Jabaley can help refer you to the perfect doctor for your needs.
Please contact the optometrist at our vision clinic in Blue Ridge for any questions you might have. If you need an ophthalmologist in Blue Ridge, ask Dr. Jabaley about co-management options.